Community Council Works with Physician and Stakeholder Groups to Improve Health, Attractivness and Retention
Focus on creating healthy lifestyle opportunities such as trail networks and better transit leads to recruitment and retention of physicans – a community effort over the last eight years.
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Four or five years ago too, we had a bit of a scare, we had several doctors leave. They were a combination of retirements and obviously, I mean, people decided to go. Which we managed to fill and get back up to what we feel…is a working level, and that was a community effort. We looked at attractiveness and the rest of it. Underpinning all of that is an ongoing effort to make the community attractive and healthy. Council’s approving more and more resources to go to things like trail networks, connectedness, the ability for people to walk or on their scooters get places, just healthy lifestyle stuff, and improvement in parks and that sort of thing. That’s not necessarily self-paying like from a taxpayer’s perspective. Transit’s a loser, rec centres are losers, trails are losers directly, but indirectly, they provide community goods that make places healthier, places attractive, and that sort of thing. So…those are successes that have really happened in the last, you know, 8 years or so where council has started to really focus on something that’s been working with physicians groups and stakeholder groups and the public.
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