Gladstone worried about health care future – Manitoba News

Gladstone worried about health care future – Manitoba News

Gladstone worried about health care future

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner/Neepawa Press

Gladstone residents are concerned about the state of healthcare in their community and recently voiced those concerns to representatives of Southern Health-Santé Sud. Over 100 people packed the Senior’s Drop-In Centre on Monday, Mar. 27 to hear a presentation from Regional Health Authority CEO Kathy McPhail regarding the future of services in Gladstone. Other RHA reps in attendance included vice president of Medical Denis Fortier, executive director Marian Woods and the director of Health Services for Gladstone and MacGregor, Shirley Guenther.

The evening’s discussions were primarily focused on the staffing situation for doctors and nurse practitioners (NPs). The community is currently alloted two physicians and two NPs, who are registered nurses with advanced training in diagnosing and treating illness. One of the doctors is retiring at the end of March, while both NP positions will soon be vacant (one is already open, while the other will be vacated in mid-April). Questions from the crowd focused on what the Regional Health Authority is doing to entice practitioners to work in Gladstone and more importantly, keep them within the community. McPhail informed the group that job notifications have been published to fill the NPs vacancies, while an international physician is being prepped to take over the unfilled doctor’s position before the fall. 

“The plan is for an international medical graduate to be in place for August, with a supervising doctor from Portage la Prairie to oversee the…

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