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P.E.I. Dental Offices Facing Staffing Issues, Appointment Backlogs

July 14, 2022
by CBC

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An Island-wide staffing shortage in dental clinics is causing a backlog of appointments, and it’s forcing some patients on P.E.I. to wait months before receiving care.

“As with any part of health care, everybody’s looking for somebody to help them out,” said Dr. Brian Barrett, executive director of the Dental Association of P.E.I.

He said key positions such as dental assistants and hygienists are “vital” for offices to be able to perform their full range of functions.

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