IHA has recruited doctors to Castlegar, council is pleased but confused

Interior Health representatives gave two lengthy presentations to council on Monday night

Chris Stedile

 

Castlegar News

 

Interior Health presented some positive news to Castlegar city council Monday, although it left some city officials confused and frustrated.

Health authority administrator Cheryl Whittleton told council two new physicians have been recruited to the area and will start in August and September.

The confusion stems from the fact the city along with Areas I and J of the Regional District of Central Kootenay put forward $50,000 in an attempt to recruit two doctors.

Mayor Lawrence Chernoff said he had no idea whether they were the same doctors Interior Health has recruited, and the lack of communication was surprising and frustrating.

Following the council meeting it was clarified these were in fact the same doctors the city had lined up.

Whittleton’s report also focused on Interior Health’s altered approach to health care in the coming years. A greater focus is expected to be put toward preventative care rather than after the person has already fallen ill. This plan should significantly reduce the costs of acute hospital care, she said.

“There’s a commitment from the ministry to start investing in more of the promotion and prevention pathways that have proven to keep people out of hospitals,” Whittleton said.

Councillor Dan Rye asked how many doctors are needed to support a community the size of Castlegar.

Whittleton responded that the proposed number of doctors for the area is 12. Castlegar currently has 10.

Next to present was Interior Health’s Kerri Wall whose main point was collaboration with local municipalities.

“Interior Health is committed to collaborate and partner with local governments to create policies and environments that support good health,” Wall said.

Wall asked not for a contract or formal agreement, just a promise of goodwill that the health authority and city keep each other informed and give thought to collaboration efforts.

“If the health care system was capable of keeping us all healthy, we would all be healthy. We cannot do it alone. We also know local government can’t do it. It’s not your job to keep us healthy, but in partnership and working together we are hoping we can get more done,” Wall explained.

 

Just Posted

Slocan Valley to be ‘lit up’ with high-speed internet in 12 months

125 kilometres of fibre-optic cable to be laid from Nakusp to Playmore Junction

Vigil re-affirms belief in peace, acceptance in wake of New Zealand massacre

Nearly 100 show up for solemn event at Mir Centre for Peace

Police bust drug operation in Castlegar

Man charged, will go to court in August

Zoning mix-up nixes Shoreacres property sale

Man says the RDCK’s listings online don’t match his property’s official zoning

Castlegar coach receives Basketball BC honour

Cheryl Closkey recognized for 50 years of volunteering

Sparks fly as SUV speeds down wrong side of Highway 1 trying to flee RCMP

Captured on video, the vehicle headed westbound against oncoming traffic before crashing

Bobrovsky perfect as Blue Jackets blank Canucks 5-0

Vancouver shut out for 10th time this season

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

Search and rescue team helicopters injured climber from B.C. provincial park

A 30-year-old woman suffered a suspected lower-limb fracture in Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Trudeau in Vancouver to support Tamara Taggart at Liberal nomination event

The former broadcaster is seeking the nomination for the Vancouver Kingsway riding

Trudeau calls May 6 byelection for B.C. riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith

The riding opened up when Sheila Malcolmson resigned in January

B.C. VIEWS: The hijacking of our education system gathers speed

Children taught to strike and shout fringe far-left demands

Most Read