Municipal officials in Richmond Co. say they’re no further ahead recruiting a physician to the area.
Brian Marchand, the warden of the municipality, says they haven’t spoken to Strait Richmond Hospital officials regarding the ER closures because that’s a provincial conversation, but municipal councillors did donate $5,000 to their foundation.
He says the closures have had an impact, and members of seniors’ groups are very concerned.
After February’s regular municipal council meeting Monday, Marchand told The Hawk there’s a variety of strategies to consider.
“There’s a lot of different ways that municipalities and towns have recruited doctors,” he said. “Some of our council members are looking at those things to see what we can do.”
Marchand said having a shop all set up, and providing housing and spousal employment support are all options to consider.
He said it’s definitely a difficult situation; the next physician recruitment committee meeting is scheduled for early March.