Over 25,000 Nova Scotians on family doctor wait list

The Nova Scotia Health Authority says over 25,000 Nova Scotians are on the waiting list for a family doctor as of Monday.

Names on the Need a Family Practice provincial registry include those who have registered since the program’s launch in November, and those who were on the lists from the former nine health authorities.

Around 3,200 of those in the registry are in northern Nova Scotia.

The health authority says it has validated the list to avoid duplication and updated it to remove people who have since found a family practice.

The province previously announced the hiring of more than 20 nurse practitioners and family practices nurses, with four of those expected in northern Nova Scotia.

Some of the new hires are expected to be in place in the coming weeks to open up to 14,000 primary care spaces, and the health authority adds that they're continuing to new family doctors and market provincial and federal incentive programs.

Since April 2015, over 70 family doctors have been recruited to Nova Scotia.

You can add your name to the registry by visiting needafamilypractice.nshealth.ca or calling 811, Monday through Friday, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.