By Jamie Rieger
Alberta Health Services is working to attract doctors to rural areas and try to locate them in communities that they would be best suited for, County of Forty Mile Coun. Gerald Reimer told council in providing a doctor recruitment update at their Aug. 24 meeting.
“We thank two doctors for coming and touring the area and one seems interested in coming here,” said Reimer. “AHS does try to fit the doctors to the community as best they can.”
The Bow Island/Foremost area will soon be without a doctor and municipal leaders have been working at trying to attract one to the area, including taking them on tours to promote the region.
Bow Island mayor, Gordon Reynolds provided the following written statement on the progress of the doctor recruitment program:
“Earlier this summer we were visited by a Dr looking for a position who is from overseas but has been in Toronto for two years jumping through the immigration and medical hoops to be licensed in Canada. He loved the community and when AHS offered him a position here, he accepted. He must now be placed at another hospital for three months where his skills etc are assessed by an Alberta Doctor. Our candidate is currently waiting for that placement,” wrote Reynolds. “Recently, a doctor who has been practicing in Canada for the past 4 years visited and seemed happy with what he experienced here. AHS is satisfied with his credentials and experience and the last I heard was going to make him an offer.”
Reynolds also noted that “in the meantime, Dr Woodruff will be supported by a locums until these positions are filled.”