Opposition health critic Hal Perry wants P.E.I. Health Minister Doug Currie to hit the road — literally.
Perry said today that Currie needs to immediately travel to the communities where he is cutting health services and front line jobs to explain the changes in depth.
The PC MLA said there is a great deal of anxiety amongst residents regarding exactly what services and jobs will be lost and believes it is irresponsible of the minister to not address their concerns right away.
“Minister Currie just made monumental changes to our Island healthcare system without consulting any residents and has yet to set up any meetings to actually explain these changes,” said Perry. “Islanders deserve to know the details now.”
In announcing the health care changes this week, Currie said that over the next month community meetings will be held across the province to further explain the system changes.
Souris-Elmira MLA Colin LaVie is also unhappy with the changes announced this week by the health minister.
“Minister Currie has already caused unnecessary stress in the community by announcing the closure of dialysis services then reversing his decision a year later,” said LaVie. “I will not stand to see him cause any further anxiety for the people of Souris.”
In a news release, the Opposition caucus says it believes the health changes have come as a result of the Ghiz government’s mismanagement of the province’s finances.