A Sparwood councillor believes a shortage of doctors is driving people out of the community.
This as the community’s lead physician is requesting funding from Interior Health for an additional full-time doctor.
Dr. Tara Pigott says Sparwood is chronically underserviced and about 45 per cent of residents do not have access to primary care locally.
Acting Mayor Brad Bowen says council supports Pigott completely.
“We’re definitely way short of doctors. We’ve got people having to go to Alberta just to get a family doctor,” Bowen says. “Its been like this for quite a while. I think its definitely something we need here.”
Bowen says there has been a lack of healthcare staff in the community for way too long.
“Healthcare is paramount and its something we just take for granted here in Canada,” Bowen says. “Unfortunately with all the cutbacks, healthcare services seem to be under the knife quite a bit and the general population suffers for it.”
The Primary Health Centre has three doctors on staff, with one covering the ER and the other two providing care for Sparwood’s entire population.
Dr. Tara Pigott suggests about 1,700 residents are not connected to the facility due to the doctor shortage.
– Sparwood District Councillor Brad Bowen