Family Doctor Discusses a GP For Me Initiative
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.