Mayor Meets With Health Minister Over Doctor Shortage

Lori Ackerman was in the provincial capital to discuss the shrinking number of doctors in the community.

“We will be working together with Northern Health and the Ministry of Health to make use of programs that are already in place. The immediate goal is to get physicians here to Fort St John and that could be through the use of locums. The longer term goal is to recruit and retain physicians that will become members of our community and to create a healthcare model that works for rapidly growing communities.”

Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm is also concerned with number of doctors that remain in the community but he says he is pleased that the community and the Ministry are working together with Northern Health to find solutions.

Right now, Fort St. John has 20 doctors.

The recommended number for the community is 31.