PARRY SOUND, ON – Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka, made the following statement regarding the death of a doctor in Parry Sound, the doctor shortage and the actions of the WPSHC and local medical community to help patients:
Like many of you I was saddened to hear of the passing of one of Parry Sound’s
doctors at the end of last year. I offer my condolences to Dr. Steven’s family, friends,
co-workers and patients. By all accounts he was a kind and caring man and will be
missed by many in our community.
I also wanted to address the concerns that have been flooding into my office regarding
the care of Dr. Steven’s patients going forward. Like many rural and northern
communities, Parry Sound has a doctor shortage. This tragedy has exasperated that
situation and left many people without a doctor.
My office is preparing a package detailing the issue for the Minister of Health and
Long-Term care and I encourage any patients who have been affected to write directly
to my office or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to recognize and commend the West Parry Sound Health Center and
members of our local medical community for coming together in this time of crisis to
create a non-urgent primary care clinic for patients without a doctor. These local
doctors and health care professionals are going above and beyond and volunteering to
oversee this clinic.
The clinic will be open Friday, January 5th, from 9AM until 2PM and individuals who
don’t have a doctor but need to see one should go to the West Parry Sound Health
Center Emergency Department to register. It is a first come, first serve clinic and
space will be limited, but I trust our community will be understanding. For more
information about when the clinic will be open in the future call (705) 746-4540
extension 1321 for an updated voice message.