Health P.E.I. says it’s taking action on walk-in clinics, amid doctor and patient complaints – CBC

Maple virtual care calls have risen significantly in recent months, Health P.E.I. says

Aug 23, 2022

Health P.E.I. says it’s making changes after the two-week closure of Summerside’s only walk-in clinic put a spotlight on how stretched the province’s clinics are.

Dr. Syed Naqvi announced last week that he was shutting down the Summerside Family Clinic for two weeks this month because he couldn’t find a doctor to replace him during his vacation. That means no access to a doctor for many people in the city who don’t have their own family physician or nurse practitioner.

Health P.E.I. told CBC News in an email this week that it is taking action to make the province’s walk-in clinics more efficient.

The agency said it recently increased the pay of doctors who staff them retroactive to Aug. 1, overriding the walk-in clinic fee code in its master agreement with the Medical Society of P.E.I.

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