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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Premier Dennis King is signalling his intention to observe by way of with lots of his election health-care guarantees.
The King authorities’s first speech from the throne, learn by Lt.-Gov. Antoinette Perry on the opening day of the brand new legislative sitting in Charlottetown on Could 12, repeated lots of the guarantees contained within the Progressive Conservative election platform.
On April 3, the PCs gained a provincewide election handily, taking 22 out of 27 seats.
The speech included a pledge to have 30 collaborative care practices, also called medical houses, in place by the tip of 2024. The PC platform had pledged to ascertain 16 new medical houses by the tip of 2024, on high of the prevailing variety of medical houses. Well being P.E.I. presently lists 10 medical houses which can be “underneath improvement.”
The PC platform mentioned this may take away all Islanders from the affected person registry by attaching every one of many practically 30,000 Islanders with no household physician to one among these houses.
“We would be the first in Canada to implement this mannequin of care provincewide, which is able to make our stunning province one of the crucial engaging locations for health-care practitioners to work,” Perry learn within the speech.
The speech pledged to perform this by way of hiring extra nurses, licensed sensible nurses, social employees and different well being professionals. The PC platform had pledged to rent 100 extra health-care employees to perform this objective.
The speech additionally pledged to make digital care apps like Maple free for all, to cut back off-load delays for paramedics in hospitals and to permit physicians’ assistants and nurse practitioners to work in hospitals.
The speech famous that P.E.I. is going through a scarcity of well being professionals.
To unravel this, the speech emphasised a earlier dedication to develop a medical school at UPEI. It additionally included a pledge to cut back “limitations for recognizing credentials from people who practice overseas and wish to work in Prince Edward Island.”
This can embody launching an affiliate doctor license within the province, Perry mentioned.
The speech additionally pledged to “work with physicians to reduce administrative burdens, permitting extra time for affected person care.”
Through the election, the Medical Society of P.E.I. had urged the province to cut back the executive burdens on household docs and to extend the variety of physician residency coaching seats in P.E.I. within the quick time period.
Housing, tax cuts communities
The speech made it clear that PC MLAs heard three high priorities from voters – well being care, housing and affordability.
As such, the throne speech included a pledge to ascertain a cupboard committee on housing tasked with growing the variety of housing begins over the following two years.
Two sources of presidency funding have been recognized as the primary instruments for this function. An expanded housing problem fund would incentivize personal builders to undertake “quick-start housing tasks.” A brand new $25-million infrastructure fund would help municipalities outdoors of the capital space to prepared land for brand new housing tasks.
The speech additionally pledged to clear the housing registry by 2025.
The speech additionally mentioned a brand new Division of Housing, Land and Communities, with former PC chief Rob Lantz as its minister, would assist pace up the method of constructing allow approvals.
The speech included a prolonged part on communities, which included the election pledge to barter a “truthful and equitable funding components” for municipalities.
The primary affordability measures included within the throne speech have been pledges to cut back or freeze taxes. The throne speech pledged to roll again property tax charges to 2020 ranges and to extend the essential private quantity to $15,000 over 4 years.
Justice and poverty
On justice, the speech pledged to create a cyber-bullying technique, a dedication that was not included within the PC platform. As well as, it pledged to observe up with earlier plans to create a brand new home violence court docket, together with different therapeutic courts.
The speech additionally pledged to implement a “centralized web site” for homeless Islanders.
“The availability of 1 centralized web site with a complete suite of applications and companies will guarantee the perfect alternative for these people to entry assist and take the mandatory steps to residing a extra productive life in our province,” Perry mentioned.
The speech made no point out of whether or not this web site will embody a protected consumption web site for Islanders combating habit.
A 2021 finances speech from the earlier King authorities had pledged to implement this service.
So far, it has but to have been put in place.