Thursday, March 05, 2015  Proportional Viewing Options. 800 1024 1280 1440 1680 1920 Currently Viewing - 1024 ! Port Stanley Weather
News Regional National Events Weather Community Directory Sports Real Estate Classifieds Photos Video Contact Us
Port Stanley Quaker Barrel Century 21 First Canadian Corp Flowers by Rosita click here to viewPort Stanley Fitness Center with the fabulous harbour view!
News / News
More News   -  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 More News, 346 available.
Rural Doctor Shortage Not a Priority for Liberals
  Constituency Office of Jeff Yurek, MPP  
 Mothers Day Gift Basket Winner
 The Bluffs Golf Club of Port Stanley
 Rising Off Road Vehicle Death Toll
 RFPS for 2014 New Horizons for Seniors Program
 Central Elgin Passes Council Code of Conduct
 Special Events Requirements Could Cancel Event
 Backus Page War of 1812 Reenactment
 PCs and Liberals Duking it Out
 Dog Causes Motorcycle Collision
 Absorbing Water Messages in Interactive Festival
 Top Secret Beach Plan Unfolding
 STEGH Sets Sights on Space
 Hiring Elgin Natural Heritage Inventory Assistant
 New Funding for Railway Crossing Improvements
 Boogie for Bears Comes to St Thomas
 Beautiful Cat Found
 Suspicious Person in Port Stanley
 Ontario Election On June 12th 2014
 STOP Clean Your Hands Day
 Busting The Myths About Hospice Palliative Care
 Downsizing the Dunes
 RED Dollars Flowing to HMCS Ojibwa
 Rural Doctor Shortage Not a Priority for Liberals 
 Say Thank You to Doctors on Doctors Day
 National Quality Code for Eggs

While the current government continues to make pre-election spending promises, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek's concern over the doctor shortage in the region has grown. "I've been working with the Ministry of Health since I've been elected, to try to bring doctors to our region, yet these front-line services don't seem to be a priority for this government," said Yurek.

Doctors who have serviced Elgin County for many years are aging. Many speculate that this will put further strain on a region that is already experiencing a shortage of doctors. In the past two years, the number of doctors in the Dutton area has fallen from three to one, two doctors - each with a patient of loads of more than 1,400 people - in St. Thomas have passed away, Rodney has lost their only doctor, and a doctor in Aylmer has submitted notice of his impending retirement.

"This is a severe problem," said MPP Jeff Yurek. "While our doctors are aging and retiring, so is the general population which means the demand for medical services will go up over the foreseeable future. We need a health care system that better incentivizes doctors to come to rural areas."

The Ministry allocates incentive pay for doctors to certain rural regions based on need. The need is assessed using a metric known as the Rurality Index of Ontario. Any regions with a score of 40 receive incentive pay for doctors. As a region moves up the scale over 40, they receive an increasing amount of incentive pay. "I first met with the Ministry of Health on this issue two years ago. Dutton currently has a RIO score of 37. Despite the fact they have one doctor that sees patients from the town and surrounding area, the Ministry refuses to update the RIO scores to accurately reflect how underserviced this region truly is."

Yurek went on to say that a number of rural areas represented by his colleagues at Queen's Park are experiencing similar challenges in trying to get the Ministry to recognize the lack of service in certain regions. "I've met with local doctor recruiters, Western University, and HealthForce Ontario to try to get at the root of this problem. However, the Ministry hides behind things like RIO scores. It's time for the Minister to recognize that doctor shortages in rural areas are a real problem and this government needs to make it a priority."

Thursday, March 05, 2015 | Welcome Guest! | Login | Home | Terms of Use | RSS Feeds
World's 1st Proportional Viewing News Web Site. February 5, 2008. Copyright ©
Send mail to with questions or comments about this web site.
Copyright © 2004 - 2015 Port Stanley All Rights Reserved ISSN 1718-8695