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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Doctor Recruitment More Difficult

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Saugeen Shores removed from 'communities in need' list for doctor recruitment.

Saugeen Shores has been taken off the "community in need" list for doctor recruitment purposes -- and the Ontario Minister of Health along with the Southwest Local Health Integration Network is going to hear about it

CAO Larry Allison tells councillors being off the list means it will be difficult to get future physicians to locate in the municipality.

Allison says if the town was on the list, it allows new doctors to receive funding to set up their practices.

That carrot is now gone.

Allison says the number of needed doctors is growing.
There is capacity to replace upwards of three family doctors and still looking for at least two ER doctors over the next little while.

Allison says being off the list means the municipality can only replace a retiring doctor with one other doctor.

He says the problem is new doctors are only taking on 800-to-1,000 patients while a retiring doctor is leaving behind up to 3,000 patients.

Allison fears the result will be growing numbers of orphaned patients.

Physician recruitment committee member, Councillor Mike Myatt says one orphaned patient is one too many and there are thousands without a doctor right now.

Councillors voted to have staff send letters of concern to the Health Ministry and to the LHIN, along with an invitation for them to attend a future council meeting to explain why Saugeen Shores is off the list.

Myatt says he has asked for the formula used that resulted in Saugeen Shores being taken off the list but he can't get any answers.

You may recall Bayshore Broadcasting News telling you September 16th that South Bruce Peninsula was in the same boat as Saugeen Shores, and is sending off letters to the province as well.




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