Hard to watch doctors leaving town

Author says people have told her they're worried that there seems to be no new physicians coming to Ashcroft.

Dear Editor

Thanks Barbara, for explaining the doctor situation in Lillooet and Lytton.

But what it has done is confirm my contention that the communities around us are either getting doctors, or already have them. And we are not.

If three are expected in Lytton, as you have written, by the end of April, and Lillooet already has five, it is obvious we have not been successful.

These communities are doing something that we are not. Let’s find out what it is.

I heard a rumour that a handsome annuity is involved to the tune of $100 K. If so, is it federal money?

Half a dozen persons have expressed agreement with the opinions in my letter to the editor about the doctor shortage here. The word ‘savy’ is slang, but the meaning is unmistakable. It is understanding, shrewdness, according to my dictionary.

I read Alice Durksen’s column about efforts that are being made to recruit ‘on line’. I’m afraid that is not terribly reassuring.

What is surfacing is anxious concern. Our large senior population demands on-going medical attention. When doctors leave and they are not replaced forthwith, there is a domino effect, involving pharmaceutical needs and the availability of crucial medications for chronic conditions.

There is a lot at stake here. Human lives. If the tone of my letter offended any one, I can’t help that. As a 40 year resident of this area, I have seen the erosion of medical doctors and hospital facilities that are absolutely perishing.

We are all of us aware that the problem is large, but merely writing it off as the usual kind of problem in other communities, well, that is just not good enough.

Esther Darlington MacDonald

Ashcroft

Just Posted

Technology allows TNRD residents to see the heat

A new library program allows residents to borrow a thermal imaging camera and check for heat loss

Are you a victim of the thermostat wars?

The battle over the thermostat is quite heated in many households.

Community Income Tax volunteers will be at local libraries to help with tax returns

Lower-income singles and families can take advantage of free tax return service

Local News Briefs: Free Family Day weekend movie at the HUB

Plus an ice fishing derby, a Fancy Schmancy Tea Party, the Million Dollar Bursary is back, and more.

B.C. opioid overdoses still killing four people a day, health officials say

Kamloops, Thompson Cariboo region see an increase in deaths over 2017

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Plecas won’t run in next election if B.C. legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Most Read