Moosomin physician shortage solved
After meeting with Minister Warren Kaeding
January 6, 2020 7:28 am
A temporary physician shortage in Moosomin has been solved after community representatives and Dr. Wessell Roets of the Moosomin Family Practice Centre met with Minister of Rural and Remote Health Warren Kaeding in December.
The lack of an adequate number of physicians led to the closure of the emergency room at the Southeast Integrated Care Centre in December. Among the new measures:
Moosomin Mayor Larry Tomlinson says he is happy with the response after the local group met with provincial representatives.
“The Deputy Minister got back to me to let me know that the two SIPPA doctors can start in mid-January if they pass their final test, we have the locum working now, the nurse practitioner is working—she is in the clinic now,” he says.
“The doctor from South Africa we have been working on bringing here, it was looking like it could be up to a two year process, but the Deputy Minister said it looks like they could get him here by the end of July, and the only thing that would hold him up was immigration. He has a wife and a child so hopefully we can help them become part of the community.”
Tomlinson said he was impressed by the response from the provincial government.
“They are doing everything they can for us. They listened to us, they heard what we are saying, and they are working with us.”
Tomlinson said the community needs to keep working hard to keep ahead of the physician situation. “The community engagement group has to keep working on it. It has to be something we keep working on.” Tweet