As a doctor shortage continues to grow, leaving many without a family doctor, an initiative is hoping to change that.

Dr. Bruce Nicholson, of 100 Mile House shares with us the main goal of the province-wide initiative funded jointly by the government of BC and Doctor of BC.

“We’re going to try, and this is province-wide, to have every person in the province of British Columbia who wants a family doctor to have one.”

Nicholson says attracting doctors to rural areas is proving to be difficult.

“I think the issue really is all the rural areas compete for a diminishing number of potential candidates. The young doctors coming out these days, seem  much less interested practicing in rural positions then they did 30 years ago.”

A GP for Me has launched an online survey for residents to share their thoughts on primary health care at http://fluidsurveys.com/s/GPforMeSurvey/

The survey closes on Oct. 1.

More than 150,000 people across the province are looking for a family doctor.