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City physician believes council can help attract more family doctors


Dr. Mark Smallwood says he sees the stress a shortage of family doctors creates in Corner Brook every day and believes municipal governments can play a role in helping attract new physicians to alleviate the problem.

The general practitioner recently posted on Twitter that he hoped the need for more family doctors would become an election issue among the candidates vying for a spot on council in the upcoming Sept. 24 election.

Smallwood estimated there are probably somewhere in the vicinity of 5,000 residents in the Corner Brook area who do not have a family doctor. With no doctors currently accepting new patients, he said the stress is felt by both those who have no doctor and the doctors who find themselves having to deal with those patients when they show up in the emergency department with ailments.