PC can­di­date con­cerned about de­par­ture of an­other doc­tor from Springhill

Zaremba is sec­ond physi­cian to leave in two months

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - OBITUARIES/NEWS - BY DAR­RELL COLE

Cum­ber­land South’s PC can­di­date is call­ing on the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to ad­dress Springhill’s physi­cian short­age im­me­di­ately.

Tory Rush­ton said Dr. Ewelina Zaremba has an­nounced she is leav­ing her Springhill prac­tice in June. She’s the sec­ond doc­tor to leave the area in the last two months af­ter Dr. Mo­j­gan Farangi closed her prac­tice. Both doc­tors came to Springhill as part of an an­nounce­ment in Jan­uary 2015.

A third doc­tor, Anas­taysa Fain­shtein is still prac­tis­ing in Springhill.

The trio were re­cruited through the prov­ince’s for­mer Clin­i­cal As­sess­ment for Prac­tice Pro­gram, which al­lowed qual­i­fied in­ter­na­tional med­i­cal grads to un­dergo ex­ten­sive as­sess­ment be­fore they are granted a li­cence by the Nova Sco­tia Col­lege of Physi­cians and Sur­geons. The pro­gram was can­celled later in 2015.

Be­fore com­ing to Springhill, Zaremba had com­pleted her res­i­dency in fam­ily medicine at Dal­housie Univer­sity af­ter ob­tain­ing her med­i­cal de­gree in Poland. She was a grad of Queen El­iz­a­beth High School in Hal­i­fax.

He said the Nova Sco­tia Health Au­thor­ity’s web­site only has one job posted for the area.

On Fri­day, dur­ing Ques­tion Pe­riod in the leg­is­la­ture, PC leader Karla Mac­Far­lane asked Premier Stephen McNeil di­rectly if his gov­ern­ment would be recruiting two new doc­tors to re­place the two that are left and he said, “No.” Rush­ton says that’s not good enough.

“The premier is not lis­ten­ing. We have a cri­sis on our hands here in Springhill,” said Rush­ton. “Doc­tors are leav­ing, which means peo­ple don’t have proper pri­mary care but it also means we don’t have ad­e­quate staff for the emer­gency room.”

The PC can­di­date for the yet to be set by­elec­tion in Cum­ber­land South said the emer­gency room at the All Saints Col­lab­o­ra­tive Emer­gency Cen­tre was closed most of last week dur­ing day­time hours and it is closed Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day this week dur­ing day­time hours be­cause there are not enough doc­tors.

It is putting ad­di­tional strain on the emer­gency room in Amherst that is not big enough to han­dle the ca­pac­ity from the sur­round­ing

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Rush­ton wants to see more doc­tors re­cruited to the area im­me­di­ately and work to be done to find out why doc­tors are leav­ing and what can be done to keep them in the com­mu­nity.

“We need to get to the bot­tom of this doc­tor is­sue,” said Rush­ton. “Peo­ple in Springhill de­serve ad­e­quate front­line and emer­gency health­care in our com­mu­nity.”

Nova Sco­tia Health Au­thor­ity spokes­woman Kris­ten Lip­scombe said the health au­thor­ity’s re­cruit­ment to the north­ern zone, which in­cludes Springhill, re­mains a pri­or­ity and is on­go­ing.

“There is cur­rently a post­ing on the NSHA’s web­site for one per­ma­nent physi­cian as well as on­go­ing posts for locum po­si­tions,” Lip­scombe said in an email. “The NSHA will con­tinue to re­cruit for any po­si­tions ap­proved.”

Lip­scombe said there is flex­i­bil­ity with cur­rent full-time em­ploy­ees. If a physi­cian ex­presses in­ter­est in prac­tis­ing in other com­mu­ni­ties, they have an op­por­tu­nity to do so. Place at 902-667-7250 or Michelle Richard at the Teen Health Cen­tre at 902-661-2383 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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APRIL 20

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Cum­ber­land South PC can­di­date Tory Rush­ton is con­cerned that the sec­ond doc­tor in two months is set to leave Springhill in June.

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