Statement on provincial Speech from the Throne

The New Brunswick Medical Society is encouraged that the provincial government has committed to addressing several key health-care system challenges in its Speech from the Throne. Physicians agree that improving access to primary care, reducing wait times for hip and knee surgeries, and enhancing access to mental health and addictions services are critical. We are eager to participate in plans to combat youth vaping and optimize health-care delivery and support for seniors.

In addition to the priorities highlighted by government, our province needs a new Provincial Health Plan that takes a holistic view of the health system and the needs of New Brunswickers. We must address the shortage of health-care professionals, especially in rural and northern regions; improve access to timely emergency care; enhance access to reproductive care including abortion; and improve access to services for LGBTQ+ patients.

The NBMS represents more than 1,800 physicians practising on the front lines of health care across our province. We, along with other health professionals, have a deep understanding of the challenges patients face and must participate in leading these changes. We look forward to collaborating with government and stakeholders to move our health system forward and improve access to care for New Brunswickers.

Dr. Jeff Steeves

President, New Brunswick Medical Society