Council plans welcome for new docs

PORT HARDY — Community seeks to welcome, include prospective physicians to ease their transition to rural life

New doctors to the area may be getting a warm welcome.

At the regular meeting of District of Port Hardy council Feb. 10, Councillor Pat Corbett-Labatt reported that at the last Mount Waddington Collaborative Working Group meeting Jan. 21, ways to make new doctors, and their spouses, feel welcome in the North Island, and hopefully retain them, were discussed. It was suggested that one of the ways to do that would be “to host a social to get to know them,” Corbett-Labatt said.

Corbett-Labatt, who is council’s representative on that committee, said the new complement of doctors and their spouses are expected to arrive in September of this year, some of them from other countries.

The Mount Waddington Collaborative Working Group, previously the Mount Waddington Health Services Stabilization Working Group, was established to develop, along with Island Health, a community-led plan to strengthen and stabilize health services in Mount Waddington.

It includes representatives from the Mount Waddington Health Network, First Nations, Regional District of Mount Waddington, municipalities, physicians and Island Health.