COVID-19 largely to blame for P.E.I. not increasing medical residency seats: health minister – CBC

‘Government has completely let Islanders down,’ Opposition health critic says

Nov 10, 2022

The Opposition took aim at the province in the legislature Wednesday over an unfulfilled promise from almost three years ago to the day — to increase the number of medical residency seats for Prince Edward Island.

Green MLA Michele Beaton raised that in November 2019, then health minister James Aylward had committed to increasing the number of medical residency seats at Dalhousie’s medical school from five to seven.

Those are provincially-funded spaces at the Dalhousie University medical school that are reserved for Island students, and would lead to students completing their residencies on P.E.I.

“Question to the minister of health, how many residency seats do we have currently?” Beaton asked.

Health Minister Ernie Hudson responded: “There has been no increase, Mr. Speaker, in the number of residency seats but with that we are actively working with Dalhousie University to have those increased.”

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