March reporting: Need a Family Practice Registry

The number of Nova Scotians waiting for a family doctor/nurse practitioner has once again reached a new high — and broken the previous record for the number of people waiting for a family practitioner.

Need a Family Practice Waitlist numbers were released for March last week.

As of March 1st, 156,051 Nova Scotians were in the registry. That’s more than double the number on the list when the current government took office just before September 1, 2021; back then, 75,180 people were on the list.

In fact, on March 1st, there were 79,184 people on the list in Central Zone alone — more than were on the list *in the whole province* less than two and a half years ago.

In the Central Zone back in September 2021, there were 18,220 on the list. Today, there are more than 79,000 on the list in the same area.

In the Bedford/Sackville network (which also includes Hammonds Plains, and Fall River), there are currently 21,966 people waiting for family practitioners. That’s up from 4,344 just two and a half years ago — a 406 percent increase.