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General News · 26th September 2010
Dr. John Kristensen
My concerns for the ill and vulnerable elderlies are increasing as we near the end of September and approach a period of no physician coverage on Cortes Island.

The flu season will soon be upon us and even the strongest members of our community become susceptible to complications that can be life threatening. Today when I spoke to the office of Peter Keyes who runs the Rural GP Locum Programme for VIHA, I was informed that despite listing Cortes for a couple of months as a community in URGENT need of a doctor( from Oct 1st to Dec 31st) there had been absolutely no interest from doctors who do locums in BC.

These locum lists are distributed widely by email and there are dozens of job openings throughout the province and an insufficient number of applicants.I know from experience that there exists many patients on Cortes who will be exposed to unnecessary risks to their lives if the doctor-less period proceeds.

It may be that CCHA has a contingency plan that will resolve this now-urgent situation and has kept it from the public. In any case it is time for them to explain how they plan to deliver medical care on the island after the end of September.

John Kristensen MD