City council discusses lack of doctors in Vernon

The Walk-In Clinics of B.C. met Tuesday with Mayor Akbal Mund and Coun. Scott Anderson

Access to physicians is dominating high-level discussions in Vernon.

Mike McLoughlin, with the Walk-In Clinics of B.C., met Tuesday with Mayor Akbal Mund and Coun. Scott Anderson to discuss the closure of Vernon Family Doctors Medical Clinic March 19.

“We had a very frank and open discussion, and pledged to continue working together to find solutions in the future,” said McLoughlin.

Vernon Family Doctors Medical Clinic, which is currently one of three walk-in clinics in Vernon, is closing because of challenges recruiting physicians.

McLoughlin presented Mund and Anderson with his association’s presentation to the select standing committee on finance and government affairs.

The report proposed options to possibly  improve access to medical care in B.C., including  flexibility in the cap on daily billings, allowing older doctors to work longer and providing more nurse practitioners at walk-in clinics.

“Walk-In Clinics of B.C. is dedicated to working collaboratively with all stakeholders, service-providers and others across the province,” said McLoughlin.