Another small town facing doctor shortage

By Doug Collins/Global News
September 21, 2016 - 6:50am

LUMBY, B.C. —   Another interior community says they are struggling to attract doctors, forcing residents to travel to Vernon for medical treatment.

     Jean Latval with the Lumby and District Health Services Society says one doctor has retired and another has moved, leaving a single physician to serve thousands of people in Lumby and the rural surrounding areas.

     The society is trying to bring a new family practice to town and the village has pledged 15-thousand dollars to help a new physician with moving expenses.

     But the society's vice chair, Elinor Warner, says they face a lot of competition from other municipalities that are offering competitive incentive packages.

Lumby is one of many small towns having trouble finding enough medical practitioners to service patients. One health official said when larger centres can't attract doctors, it's all that more difficult for smaller communities.

Thousands of residents of Kamloops do not have their own family doctor and are forced to rely on walkin clinics and the emergency room at Royal Inland to get any treatment. 

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