There isn’t a doctor shortage in Lumby, but officials aren’t wanting to take a chance.
Village council has been invited to a May 7 seminar in Kamloops that focuses on doctor recruitment in communities.
“Lumby is not having an issue but we want to ensure we provide support for the community,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.
There are currently three doctors in Lumby, and Acton admits that ongoing access can change based on a physician’s individual needs and family commitments.
“If a person wants to live in your area and work in your area, they will and if they don’t, they won’t,” he said.
There is also a concern that any increase in the population of Lumby, Cherryville and the rural area could put significant pressure on the existing physicians.
“Our guys are already busy,” said Acton.
Besides ensuring the health care of current residents, the village considers access to physicians as a critical part of long-term economic development for the community.
“We wouldn’t have got the seniors’ residence without the support of our doctors,” said Acton.
“Young families or anyone moving into a community will check for two things first, a school and doctor.”
The Kamloops session is being organized by the Southern Interior Local Government Association.
“This is a dynamic seminar that addresses what communities need to develop a solid recruitment tool kit,” said Alison Slater, SILGA executive director, in a newsletter.
“Learn who the go-to people are and what steps communities can take to be recruitment ready. The session will address funding, incentives and how to keep the long game in mind.”
The session will be facilitated by Marilin States, a professional recruitment consultant who helped bring four physicians to Creston.