Doctor Recruitment Revisited

 

There have been a few inquiries made lately about a lack of doctors in Chatham-Kent. April Reitdyk the CEO of CK Public Health is defending their efforts at doctor recruitment.

Reitdyk says they are not just sitting back and hoping for the best when it comes to attracting new doctors to Chatham-Kent.

She says her staff has been taking face to face meetings with all of the stakeholders including the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, the Community Health Centre, all of the Family Health Teams, and the LHIN.

Officials are trying to determine individually and as a group what the needs of the community are when it comes to new doctors.

They will put their findings together and make a presentation to council in September.

Council has set aside $100,000 dollars in the budget for recruitment and so far they have not touched it.

Reitdyk says the ideas include incentives to doctors to relocate to the area, and visits to the various medical schools around to talk up life in CK.

She says in the meantime, people who are concerned about wait times in the ER are encouraged to visit one of several wall in clinics around the municipality.