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Three more doctors are leaving practices as the P.E.I. patient registry bumps

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Key takeaways: 

  • Health P.E.I. says leaves are complex but not surprising.
  • Health P.E.I. noted there is no doubt it will add to the patient registry list that is already almost 23,000 names long.

At least three doctors in Charlottetown are leaving their practices in the following few weeks, leaving more than 5,000 people in the city without a family physician.

It’s dark, yet what will happen to all the patients of Dr. Kris Saunders, Dr. Ray Cooke, and Dr. Jocelyn Peterson, who all noticed they are packing up their stethoscopes.

But Health P.E.I. said there is no doubt it will count to the patient registry list that is already almost 23,000 names long.

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At least three doctors in Charlottetown are leaving their practices in the following few weeks, leaving more than 5,000 people in the city without a family physician

“It’s hard,” said chief medical officer Dr. Katherine McNally.

“It’s difficult to be a patient who doesn’t have the key to primary care, whether a doctor or nurse practitioner. All of those patients will be getting information from their family doctor.”

Saunders posted a note saying after 15 years, he’s leaving his practice on July 1. He didn’t say why he was leaving or where he was going, and Health P.E.I. would not supply details. In an interview with C.B.C. News: Compass in 2019, Saunders, then president of the Medical Society of P.E.I., alerted an upcoming exodus of physicians. 

Source – cbc.ca

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