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Northern Health targets Quesnel for other communities to look up to in physician recruitment

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Physician recruitment continues in Quesnel with resounding success.

Mayor Bob Simpson, says the City has just received word of signing on another 4 doctors which will see their complement above where they were last year when they were given notice that 9 doctors would be leaving town.

He says Northern Health has targeted Quesnel as a community for other others to look to at to see how they are recruiting physicians, as well as their red carpet treatment.

“We’ve actually had calls from back east from Ontario and other places. I don’t think there’s a community rural or urban that isn’t struggling to attract and retain doctors and our health care recruitment specialist has been queried by some of those communities.”

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Simpson says they’ll now be working with their physician community to look at the practice of primary care medicine so they don’t over recruit.

“A number of our private clinic practitioners require a certain patient ratio in order for their business to operate and we need to be conscious and careful of that. So we’re hoping to work with our physician community on adding other enhancements to make sure we remain attractive to doctors and move more into the retention.”

Renovations to a primary care clinic, which is anticipated to be open by July according to Simpson, continues.

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