A doctor in eastern P.E.I. has resigned from a committee of health professionals that was to provide feedback to the province on changes to health care delivery in Souris.
Souris doctor Paul Berrow told CBC News he could not support the province's plans for Souris Hospital.
"If the only options are a reduction in services, I would urge [others] to resign from the committee as well. Otherwise, we're talking ourselves into non-existence," said Berrow.
Souris Hospital is making a transition to an extended care facility, with just three acute care beds. Health PEI says it's disappointed with Berrow's resignation but will find someone else to fill his role.
Souris Mayor David MacDonald said with a third doctor now in the community Souris could do more with the hospital facility than what the province has planned.
"We think that we can deliver a real quality health product in eastern P.E.I. if Health PEI would just let us do it," said MacDonald.
A group of community leaders in eastern Kings is taking up the fight to keep the status quo at the hospital. Alan MacPhee said the change is being made without any consultation, and he's calling on Health Minister Doug Currie to step down.
"He doesn't have control of his department or his budget," said MacPhee.
"We don't believe he is a competent minister. We want him to be replaced. The premier, to our knowledge, has not been in this community for 18 months."
Currie insists the changes at rural hospitals won't impact emergency services, and will allow facilities to operate efficiently.