Hamilton’s doctor shortage becoming critical

Excerpt: Hamilton’s physician recruitment specialist says she will attempt to clarify provincial rules that are making it harder for doctors to locate in the city.

Jane Walker and council’s physician recruitment and retention steering committee had been set to discuss the issue at their March 25 meeting, but not enough councillors showed up for quorum, so it had to be cancelled. A make-up meeting has yet to be scheduled.

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New medical centre planned for Waterdown

Excerpt: Construction of a new, multi-service medical building at Clappison’s Corners is expected to begin this summer.

The 50,000-square-foot facility, to be located on the east side of Clappison Avenue just north of Starbucks, will feature a walk-in clinic, pharmacy, family practices, diagnostic imaging and laboratory services, and adjunctive medical services under one roof.

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City waiting for clarification on family health teams

Excerpt: Hamilton’s physician recruitment team will focus on finding replacements for retiring doctors until the province clarifies its rules for physicians wanting to start new practices. Jane Walker, Hamilton’s physician recruitment specialist, said Wednesday she is waiting for “clarification” after the province clamped down on doctors joining or creating family health teams.

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Province restricts Hamilton’s ability to recruit family doctors

Excerpt: Hamilton is losing more family doctors than it recruits. Last year was the first time since 2008 the overall number of family physicians in the city dropped. The dip to 352 family doctors from 367 the year before brings Hamilton down to nearly the same number of general practitioners it had in 2011. The issue is expected to get worse as the province is clamping down on doctors joining or creating family health teams. The popular way to practice has made Hamilton a desirable destination until now because the city is considered a leader in this type of primary care.

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Shortage leaves 33,000 in Hamilton with no family doctor

Excerpt: Roughly 33,000 Hamiltonians are still without a family doctor despite nearly a decade of successful recruiting. The family doctor shortage has been almost cut in half since 2005, when 40 more doctors were needed.

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Global Hamilton: Highlighting successful local immigrants
Dr. Ayeni has made many contributions to family medicine in Hamilton through his commitment to his office practice, caring for patients at St. Joseph’s Villa and working with several committees of the Hamilton Family Health Team. It’s been an honour and a privilege to work with such a dedicated physician.

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