Health-care crisis needs fixing before opening medical school, Health P.E.I. AGM hears – CBC

‘We have to be able to figure out how to fix a lot of the fundamental problems’

Nov 16, 2023

In an address to Health P.E.I.’s AGM Wednesday, CEO Dr. Michael Gardam called the issues facing the organization “a perfect storm.”

The AGM was held in Summerside with about 80 people attending in person, and another 40 online.

There are fundamentally not enough workers in health care on P.E.I., said Gardam. There were retirements after the pandemic, and for every long-time physician lost it takes about three more to replace them.

On top of that, the population is growing.

“When people get access, they get great care,” Gardam said.

“The issue is people getting access.”

The problem is not unique to Prince Edward Island, he said. Healthcare systems across the country are stretched thin.

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