NORTHERN REGIONAL HEALTH AUTHORITY RECRUITS NEW PHYSICIANS

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The Northern Regional Health Authority has recruited six physicians to work in the region, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

Recruiting physicians to work in the north can be challenging, but I want to congratulate the Northern Regional Health Authority for its hard work,” said Goertzen.  “These new physicians will ensure consistent, reliable care is available to patients in communities across the region.”

Six family physicians have been recruited to work in communities across the region including two in Flin Flon and four in Thompson.

“We are pleased to welcome these physicians to our region.  Having these physicians join our team will help increase our capacity for patients to experience improved access to medical services,” said Helga Bryant, chief executive officer, Northern Regional Health Authority.  “Physician recruitment is an ongoing process that we continue to work on to meet the needs of our residents.  We encourage everyone to make these doctors feel welcome and become an integral part of our community.”

Primary care refers to that early contact with the health-care system when patients and their families receive a diagnosis, treatment or help with a new health problem or chronic condition.  Services can also include speaking with a health-care provider about staying healthy and preventing illness.

“Communities and other stakeholders, such as the Manitoba Healthcare Providers Network, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba and Manitoba’s Office of Rural and Northern Health, are coming together to encourage physicians to work in the north,” said Goertzen.  “This teamwork is key to helping physicians recognize the opportunities and rewards of building their careers in a northern town or city.” 

The minister noted that ongoing physician recruitment and retention efforts will be a key priority of clinical service planning that will be undertaken by Shared Health Services Manitoba.  This work will support consistent and reliable health-care services, effective health human resource planning, capital equipment investments, construction planning and other initiatives that should be co-ordinated provincewide.

For more information on primary care in Manitoba, visit: www.gov.mb.ca/health/primarycare/public/index.html.

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