Health minister, PCs get it wrong
A lot of folks have trouble getting numbers right, including yours truly, who transposes digits more often than a concert pianist. So it’s best not to get too righteous when people speaking off the cuff fumble the figures.
Nonetheless, the family doctor crisis in Metro Halifax is so serious it’s worth setting the record straight. Fifty-two per cent of Nova Scotians who need but cannot find a family doctor live in the heart of Halifax, not 40 per cent, as Health Minister Randy Delorey told Allnovascotia.com this week. A department spokesperson says Delorey was speaking from memory in the House and later corrected his error.
While Delorey came in low, PC backbencher Pat Dunn came in high, stating that 100,000 Nova Scotians are without family doctors. His interim party leader, Karla MacFarlane, told CTV: “We have a crisis happening in rural Nova Scotia and we know there are 100,000 people without a doctor,” she said.
In fact, 45,555 Nova Scotians cannot find doctors. And the worst crisis is in the heart of HRM, where 23,754 people are doctor-less. That’s 52.1% of the provincial problem visited upon 40% of the population. If you include all of HRM, the numbers become 53% and 42% respectively.