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By Dr. Rodney Ouellette, M.D., Ph.D.

New Brunswick faces daunting challenges in the delivery of health care services to residents. The current public debate between Saint John and Moncton regarding investment in a duplicate gene sequencing facility is another example of the consequences when we overlook opportunities to collaborate and optimize.

Patients want and need access to the best available diagnostic technologies. In the area of gene sequencing we already have the capability right here in New Brunswick through Vitalité Health Network and Atlantic Canada Research Institute (ACRI). The Molecular Genetics Laboratory is located in and part of the Dr GL Dumont University Hospital laboratories which was accredited in September 2014 by the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (formerly Ontario Laboratories Association). Any clinician in New Brunswick can access this testing through the Vitalité Health Network. Our professionals are skilled and available for consultation. Our service is timely and costs are comparable or lower to those charged by other labs operating outside of the province. As good stewards of health care dollars we believe should be using this existing facility taking advantage of our capacity before investing in another lab when there are so many pressing priorities to improving health care in our province.


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