The mayor of St. Anthony says a shortage of surgeons at the local hospital is bordering on a crisis.
In a statement, Mayor Ern Simms said two of the surgeons will be gone in June and a third is leaving in January.
Labrador-Grenfell Health officials said two of the surgeons simply plan to leave the area, while the other is retiring.
Simms said he fears the status of Curtis Memorial Hospital will be downgraded and patients will have to travel to Corner Brook or St. John's for treatment.
Simms said the three surgeons performed about 2,000 procedures in 2012.
Labrador-Grenfell Health said recruitment efforts to replace the surgeons have been underway for several weeks.