Doctor shortage alleviated in Grand Falls-Windsor
There's some good news for the people of Grand Falls-Windsor, who have been waiting long periods of time to see a doctor in the town.
A clinic manager in the town said it appears as if the doctor shortage is over.
Brad Maloney of Killick Health Services said several new doctors will be coming to town.
Maloney credited media coverage of the recent shortages with helping to recruit new doctors to the region.
He said a few days after one story aired, he received a call from the United States.
"I answered it, and it was a doctor who has ties to Newfoundland, who was doing his residency in Florida," Maloney said.
"He was quite excited about the opportunity to be able to come to Grand Falls-Windsor. We had some discussion and from what I understand, he has signed a contract with the health authority, and he'll be starting in December."
More MDs en route
Maloney said a psychiatrist and a family doctor started work last month.
In addition, two general practitioners from Memorial University's faculty of medicine will start work next week.
In February, health professionals were calling out for more doctors to come to Grand Falls-Windsor.
At the time, five GPs left the system, and the remaining eight doctors at a local clinic were not taking on any new patients.