Recruiting and Retaining Doctors
Lethbridge has seen a steep drop in our number of practicing physicians. We were already spread thin prior to the Covid-19 pandemic when, according to the Chinook Primary Care network, there were already about 30,000 people in Alberta’s South Health Zone without a family doctor. And this figure has only been made worse by the pandemic, and recent physician departures and retirements.
Community health is addressed at the provincial level, but my approach at our municipal level will be made of two tactics. First, I will focus on making Lethbridge a more desirable city for physicians to relocate to. By focusing on my other platform issues, like revitalizing our downtown core, supporting our local economy, and reducing crime in our city, I will make Lethbridge a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
Second, I will ensure this problem receives dedicated and ongoing attention by a specially developed Stakeholder Committee including local physicians, engaged community members, medical students, and other health and economic professionals. This team will produce and oversee ongoing attraction and retention strategies for physicians and healthcare workers in our community in collaboration with our provincial government.
As your Mayor I will work with this committee to recruit and retain doctors in our community.
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