Serious doctor shortage

Politicians need to hear our concerns, fix the problems

To the editor:

We have a serious shortage of doctors in British Columbia and Alberta.

Walk-in clinics are becoming more and more common. I think they are a very poor substitute for a family doctor, who knows his or her patient’s history and can base treatment on that knowledge and also send patients to specialist when necessary.

I think the government should pay half the tuition cost, so young people can afford to become doctors – with the proviso they stay in Canada for at least five years after they are trained.

Phone Mark Strahl’s office at 1-604-847-9711 to voice your concerns. He is the federal representative for this area.

You can also go to Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart’s office on Railway Avenue between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on week days. Her office phone number is 250-453-9726.

Let these people know how you feel.

Remember the squeaky wheel gets the grease!

Pat Baker

Ashcroft

100 Mile House Free Press