Dr. Sandra Luscombe, past president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA), and St. John’s dermatologist Dr. Ian Landells speak to reporters in St. John's Thursday. — Photo by Andrew Robinson/The Telegram
The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA) is concerned that the provincial government did not seek expert input from physicians before making recent cuts to health care.
At a news conference held at the NLMA's office in St. John's, past-president Dr. Sandra Luscombe told reporters that doctors received less than 24 hours notice before the province declared MCP would no longer cover laser treatment for vascular skin lesions as of March 1.
Dr. Ian Landells, a dermatologist, said the move will affect thousands of people in the province.
The procedure is used for people with lupus and rosacea, amongst other ailments.
Luscombe said she can understand government's desire to change services in light of the deficit it faces, but added those moves should not be made without consulting physicians.
She said Health Minister Susan Sullivan met with the NLMA Thursday morning and advised the doctors that government will from now on work more closely with the association before making such moves.
For more on this story, read Friday's edition of The Telegram.