Canada Deals with Shortage of Urologists

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Oct. 8 (UPI) — Doctors in Nova Scotia say they’ve agreed to help alleviate a shortage of urologists in the neighboring province of Newfoundland & Labrador.

A shortage of urologists has forced eastern Newfoundland’s largest health authority to limit the urology services it could provide, and in September it announced its urologists were only able to respond to emergent or urgent urology cases for the next four to six weeks, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News reported.

Beginning Oct. 12, doctors in the region will be able to refer urology patients to urologists in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The health authority said patient care wouldn’t be affected by the shortage.

“We want to ensure that all levels of care required by our urology patients can be addressed in a timely manner,” Dr. John Guy, director of medical services for Eastern Health, said in a statement.

Guy said the health authority is trying to recruit more urologists to the province.

“We are working diligently to recruit additional permanent urologists to Eastern Health to ensure that in the long term, we can provide a stable urology service for the people we serve,” he said.

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