A new mobile clinic will bring medical care right into the streets of Montreal.
Starting Monday, Doctors of the World will provide services to the city's marginalized people by offering medical services out of a van.
“Our idea is not to replace the clinics but at least to be able to take care of more simple things on the spot,” said Sarah Simmons, a nurse with Doctors of the World.
The van is equipped with an examination table and a doctor's workstation.
Volunteer doctors and nurses will perform blood tests and basic medical procedures.
Marco Grant, who lives on the streets of downtown Montreal, said the service is good news because people like him don't feel welcome in clinics and hospitals.
“They don't feel love. That's it I imagine. No one cared — they left them in the streets,” Grant said, adding that the homeless often fall through the cracks of the medical system.
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said it's a shame that a humanitarian organization is needed in Montreal.
“Personally I felt ashamed, but kudos to them. I will always support them but my role as a mayor with all the other stakeholders is to make sure we don't have that situation,” Coderre said, adding that he is working with the provincial government on an action plan to fight homelessness.
Doctors of the World says it hopes to eventually transfer control of the mobile clinic program to the City.