While conceding it’s been a complicated process to address the priorities and concerns of all the stakeholders involved, the Peace River North MLA now says the goal is to have a new health care model ready to be rolled out in Fort St. John in “The first part of the New Year.”
Pat Pimm, local doctors, Northern Health and Ministry of Health officials formed a working committee this past summer, to develop a model for local primary and community health care, which would both attract new physicians to the city, as well as retain those already practicing here.
They held their latest meeting last Friday, and the Ministry and Northern Health authorities are now working to complete some agreed to refinements to the new model prior to the next committee meeting, scheduled for the second week of November.
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As for the key general concerns, Mr. Pimm is confident they will be fully addressed and the end result will be acceptable to the public.
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Mr. Pimm went on to confirm that the number of Fort St. John doctors now holding office practices is back up to nineteen from a low of thirteen.
He also said new physicians working in the FSJ primary clinic are presently assigning all chronically ill patients to their practices and they’ll also be attaching new patients to those practices as they receive them in the clinic.