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Doctor eyes move to Enderby
The hunt for doctors is gaining momentum in Enderby.
One physician visited the community Monday to determine if he wants to set up practice there.
“It’s pretty good news,” said Coun. Greg McCune.
“This is something the community really needs.”
The Enderby Health Centre recently lost a doctor who has taken up new duties in Vernon, while another retired 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.
Mayor Howie Cyr met with the prospective physician Monday.
“I hope he will decide to move here. He would be a great fit for the community,” said Cyr.
The city has initiated a recruitment process in conjunction with the Regional District of North Okanagan and IHA.
“The collaboration is excellent. I can’t say enough about the help from IHA,” said Cyr.
Enderby and RDNO are funding advertising in a physicians’ magazine as a way of increasing the area’s profile.
McCune believes doctors will be attracted to Enderby because of its social and recreational amenities and small town atmosphere.
“It’s a great part of the world and it shouldn’t be difficult to attract someone here,” he said.
Cyr cautions residents to be patient as the recruitment process proceeds.
“There are no doctors yet but we have to maximize our opportunities. There is reason for optimism.”
Besides the health centre, there are two doctors at a private clinic in Enderby.