Doctors Nova Scotia welcomes new President and President-Elect

Liverpool physician, Dr. Gary Ernest, has been installed as Doctors Nova Scotia's new president.

Dr. Ernest says the health-care environment in Nova Scotia is currently in a state of crisis, with roughly 100,000 Nova Scotians without a family doctor and about 200 physician vacancies across the province.

He says doctors are dealing with various levels of burnout, contributed to by a lack of physician engagement, the sense of not being valued, excess workload, fatigue, too much paperwork and frustration at their patients' inability to access health-care resources in a timely manner.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority has made moves to engage physicians more, and while Dr. Ernest says it's a good start, he also says there is room for improvement.

Also during Saturday's annual Doctors Nova Scotia conference, Dr. Robyn MacQuarrie was endorsed as President-Elect for 2019-20. 

Dr. MacQuarrie is an obstetrician and gynaecologist with South Shore Women's Health and the Nova Scotia Health Authority's Northern Zone Department Head for Maternal and Child Health.