P.E.I. Health Minister Doug Currie says he regrets upsetting one of the people fighting to retain health care services in West Prince, but stopped short of an apology.

Earlier this week Currie called out Natasha Dunn on the social media site Twitter, noting she is the daughter of a former Progressive Conservative MLA.

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Health Minister Doug Currie had an opportunity to speak directly to Natasha Dunn on an Island Morning phone-in Thursday. (Mitch Cormier/CBC)

Premier Robert Ghiz and Currie both refused to offer an apology to Dunn in the legislature. During a call in on CBC Radio's Island Morning, Currie had an opportunity to speak directly to Dunn.

"Certainly I regret, Natasha, that I upset you, by my comment. But I didn't for one moment think you would be offended by someone pointing [out] that you are of an individual that was part of an elected government," he said.

"I agree with you, this is not about Natasha Dunn and it's not about Doug Currie. When I said the long-term viability of Prince Edward Island's health care system has to transcend partisan politics I am standing by that. This is exactly the type of situation I was referring to and certainly I just want to acknowledge that."

Currie said he knows the changes the government has announced for the health care system will be right choices to ensure more Islanders get timely hospital care.