By Elizabeth Church and Andrea Woo

The new Liberal Health Minister, a family doctor who founded a charity that has raised more than $4-million to help those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa, visited Insite on Wednesday, one day before joining her provincial and territorial counterparts for meetings on a new health accord.

While supervised-injection sites are not on the agenda, Dr. Philpott was asked about her visit during a break in the discussions.

“I have to say my visit to Insite was extremely moving for me,” Dr. Philpott said on Thursday. “It meant so much to me because I’ve been involved in responding to things like the HIV pandemic for many years in my career and I’ve followed the work of Insite. I’ve always known that what they do absolutely saves countless lives. It has a huge impact on people.”

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