Physicians concerned about impact of labour dispute on patient care
The New Brunswick Medical Society is concerned about the impact a labour dispute is having on patient care in New Brunswick. Important health-care services have been cancelled across the province, including elective and day surgeries and many ambulatory care clinics, laboratory services, and diagnostic/medical imaging exams. It is important to note that while some of these services are called “elective,” that does not mean they are not important or necessary. This is care that New Brunswickers need. Physicians are also concerned about the mental health impact of this dispute, with schools disrupted and parents and children moving to home-based learning. We encourage the provincial government and the Canadian Union of Public Employees to return to the negotiating table as soon as possible to find a way to end this dispute.
Dr. Mark MacMillan
President, New Brunswick Medical Society