QUEEN’S PARK – Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka, today stood up for the residents of Parry Sound who are currently without a doctor and asked the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care what he will do to help Parry Sound attract new doctors.
Miller’s question followed up on a letter he sent to the Minister in early January laying out the critical situation in Parry Sound.
In his question Miller thanked the local medical professionals for setting up an occasional walk-in clinic to help some of the patients without a doctor before explaining the concerns he is hearing from local residents.
“With 1,200 patients suddenly without a primary care physician, we are seeing many go without adequate care. My office has heard from many complex care patients who are concerned for the health without access to consistent monitoring,” explained Miller.
“Speaker, does the Minister have any plans in place to help recruit physicians to high-need locations like Parry Sound?”
Miller followed up with a question about the criteria for allocating a locum or temporary doctor to a community.
While Minister Eric Hoskins did not have concrete answers about what he would do to attract new doctors or allow for the assignment of a temporary doctor known as a locum, he did offer to work with Miller to address the critical shortage in Parry Sound.
“I am confident the Minister understands the importance of this issue and I will continue to press him for a plan to attract more doctors or nurse practitioners to the area,” said Miller.