PEI health minister vows action on addiction services, support

The Canadian Press
April 29, 2014
By The Canadian Press
Prince Edward Island Health Minister Doug Currie says it's time for the province to take action on mental health and addictions services. Currie has faced tough criticism in the last few weeks over long waiting times and a lack of treatment options for Islanders.
The Opposition Progressive Conservatives have raised concerns regularly in the legislature and earlier this month a protest was staged in front of Province House with more than 100 people calling for more supports and treatments for those with addictions.

Currie says he hears the concerns and he plans to release a list of recommendations from the chief mental health and addictions officer, Dr. Rhonda Matters – a list he says he will act upon immediately.

He isn't specific about a timeline, but says it won't be months or years for a response.

Currie says Matters has spent the last five months meeting with frontline staff to get an understanding of all the issues.

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