East­ern Health com­mit­ted to long-term, sta­ble ser­vices

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When asked last week if the spe­cial­ist they have re­cruited is the same one Dr. How­ell had ref­er­enced in his in­ter­view with The Com­pass last month, East­ern Health would not con­firm that, say­ing only they would not be re­leas­ing any more spe­cific de­tails at this time.

Mean­while, Zelda Burt also said last week, “East­ern Health is in dis­cus­sion with three in­ter­na­tional med­i­cal grad­u­ates who are qual­i­fied and are now go­ing through the li­cens­ing process.”

Spo­radic locum cov­er­age

Burt said the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral had ob­stet­rics/gy­ne­col­ogy cov­er­age at the hospi­tal from Jan. 14 to 29. The health care cor­po­ra­tion will con­tinue to use the ser­vices of locums un­til ob­stet­rics/gy­ne­col­ogy re­cruit­ment ef­forts have been ful- filled, she said. “How­ever locum cov­er­age will be spo­radic over the next cou­ple of months,” she added.

The me­dia re­la­tions’ man­ager reaf­firmed East­ern Health’s com­mit­ment “to pro­vide a long- term sta­ble ob­stet­rics/gy­ne­col­ogy ser­vice at the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hospi­tal.” As part of its on­go­ing re­cruit­ment ef­forts, the cor­po­ra­tion is also in dis­cus­sions with two other spe­cial­ists who will grad­u­ate this year and in 2013.

“It’s not only about re­cruit­ment; it’s also about re­ten­tion,” Dr. Os­car How­ell told The Com­pass last month.

Stress­ing the im­por­tance of hav­ing grads with some New­found­land roots and stronger ties to the lo­cal com­mu­nity, Dr. How­ell noted, “one of the med­i­cal stu­dents is a New­found­lan­der, while both are train­ing here at MUN.”

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