Doctor leaves town

An Enderby physician is ending her practice at the end of November

Enderby’s revolving door for doctors continues.

A physician under contract with the Interior Health Authority for two years has indicated that she is ending her practice at the end of November.

“IHA will replace her through the foreign physician program but that’s frustrating because it’s one out and then one in,” said Greg McCune, the mayor of Enderby.

McCune believes IHA needs to find ways to encourage physicians to remain in a community permanently, and that may include looking at compensation.

“Almost every little community has the same thing happening,” he said of doctor shortages in places like Nakusp and Princeton.

Beyond the health authority, there may be ways for the community to play a role in attracting and retaining physicians.

Among them is possibly establishing a non-profit society that provides and operates office space so doctors don’t have to spent time on administrative functions. A similar model exists in Armstrong-Spallumcheen.

“There could also be a local accountant who is interested in the community who goes into an office once a month and looks after things,” said McCune.

It’s not known when a new doctor will be identified by IHA.

There is currently one other physician in Enderby under contract with IHA as well as a private practice and a First Nations doctor.