The number of people without a doctor (in Nova Scotia and in Bedford) continues to climb. Currently, 148,431 people are without a doctor in Nova Scotia. In the Central Zone, there are now more people on the doctor waitlist than were on the entire waitlist in June 2021.
At this time, 53.7 percent of the people on the waitlist are on it because their doctor left, is retiring, or has retired. In the Bedford/Sackville network (which includes Sackville and Fall River) 19,546 people (or 17.2 percent) are without a family practice. Back in June of 2021, only 3 percent of residents from this area had registered on the list. In the Bedford/Hammonds Plains cluster, 8,452 people (18.2%) are currently without a family practice, up from 3.7 percent just two years ago.