Eastern Health committed to long-term, stable services
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.”