Doctors host meeting on doc shortage

The doctor’s group Oceanside Divisions of Family Practice is hosting a public information meeting about the local doctor shortage.

  • May. 5, 2016 8:00 p.m.

The doctor’s group Oceanside Divisions of Family Practice is hosting a public information meeting about the local doctor shortage and how it can have an adverse impact on the community.

Parksville Dr. Mark Morris will make an overhead presentation and participate in a followup discussion.

“Our doctor shortage is not unique,” said Tom Davies, president of the Federation of Oceanside Residents Associations. “Doctors are in short supply not only in Oceanside but also on Vancouver Island, throughout B.C. and Canada as well.”

“The question could be asked that if everyone is in the same boat, how on Earth do we successfully recruit doctors to our local community?”

Davies said there are about 4,500 people in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area without a doctor. He said there are possible solutions, but “only if the community is willing to think outside the box and be creative,” calling on everyone to attend the meeting.

“This is an important issue that will have an effect on most everyone in Oceanside.”

The meeting is at 6 p.m., Monday, May 9 at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre in the Lion’s Room.

— NEWS staff/FORA