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Enderby wants to lure doctors
With Enderby’s doctors moving on, there are growing demands for the provincial government to get involved.
City council passed a resolution Monday that urges Victoria to revise its point system for classifying rural communities for incentives so demographics and other population factors are considered.
“Because we are close to Vernon, we are way down the scale (for incentives) but we have difficulties attracting physicians,” said Mayor Howie Cyr.
Demographics has been highlighted in the resolution because of Enderby’s large seniors population as well as many at-risk residents.
Cyr believes financial incentives could make Enderby attractive for doctors looking to establish a practice.
The Enderby Health Centre recently lost one doctor who has taken up new duties in Vernon, while another is retiring in June and the third doctor at the centre is moving to Vancouver in September.
Doctors at the health centre operate under contract with the Interior Health Authority.
Recruitment to fill the vacancies is underway.
“People are very concerned about their doctors leaving. It’s a big worry for them,” said Cyr.
Besides the health centre, there are two doctors at a private clinic in Enderby.