An Island grassroots health care advocacy group is heading to St. Peters Bay to talk about the needs for more doctors and issues with dialysis.
Islandwide Hospital Access will be at the St. Peters Bay Complex, the old school, on Thursday, Feb. 25, for a public meeting that starts at 7 p.m.
The group recently launched its report We Can Do Better in Souris and is planning a series of community meetings to keep the discussion on the need for more doctors on the front burner.
Alan MacPhee, chairman of the group, cites the example of the current state of dialysis in P.E.I. as proof that the conversation about health care needs to continue.
“We have a situation where the dialysis centre in Charlottetown is full and overflowing. People are being redirected to Souris and Summerside because there is no capacity left in Charlottetown,’’ MacPhee says in a press release.
“Can you imagine the crisis today if the other dialysis centres were closed down? How many people in Charlottetown are left on a waiting list for dialysis and find they can’t get a spot and it is going to get worse.’’
The advocacy group notes that the province receives federal money on a per capita basis but doesn’t look after needs on a per capita basis.
MacPhee says that is “blatantly unfair and the basis of our call to the federal minister to penalize the province for receiving money for a service they don’t provide’’.
Souris Mayor David MacDonald said it’s also a sign that Health P.E.I. is guilty of poor planning.
“Using the patient registry for doctor placement at the exclusion of per capital needs is just another example of poor planning,’’ MacDonald said. “The Town of Souris will be pushing for more doctors and not some convoluted services package to skirt the issue.’’
MacPhee says he doesn’t think more money is needed to solve the problems that plague eastern P.E.I.
“Until we properly manage the resources we have, we are not convinced we need more money. If the administration of Health P.E.I. can’t project dialysis needs with accuracy and they can’t ascertain the value of community hospitals provide Islandwide, can they really responsibly manage an overall budget of $620 million?’’