Quebec family doctors skeptical of health minister’s plan to tackle ER overcrowding – CBC

Federation of general practitioners worries over losing nurses to SNP clinics

Nov 02, 2022

The federation of general practitioners of Quebec is worried about an influx of new patients at family medicine clinics while losing access to nurses.

On Tuesday, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé announced measures aimed at lifting pressure on the province’s emergency rooms — including setting up specialized nurse practitioner (SNP) clinics.

According to Dr. Élyse Berger-Pelletier, who is part of the province’s crisis team formed to tackle overcrowding in ERs, the move will help urgent care teams by directing patients who do not have a family doctor to other services.

About half of the some 10,000 Quebecers who visit ERs daily could be going elsewhere, according to Dubé.

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