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HALIFAX –

Nova Scotia doctors are facing extreme burnout amid a labour shortage that risks worsening with a looming wave of retirements, says the former head of the association representing physicians in the province.

Dr. Leisha Hawker, former head of Doctors Nova Scotia, told a legislative committee Tuesday that stress among emergency and family physicians is at an all-time high as they work to provide care in a system that has more than 200 posted doctor vacancies.

“There are a lot of physicians who are being asked on a daily basis to take on more patients as they’re already struggling to provide timely access to care to their current roster of patients,” Hawker said in an interview following the committee meeting.

Hawker told the committee that about one-quarter of family physicians in the province are aged 60 and older and may be considering retirement. And as the province’s doctors age, so do …

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