Band Underwhelmed With Increased Doctor Services

Wednesday, August 06, 2008 at 12:58



An official with the Big River First Nation believes a new measure by the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region to address a doctor shortage will make no difference in her community.


The health region has announced is has made arrangements for additional physician services for the community of Big River.


The community has been without a physician since November of 2007, except for a one-day-a-week visit from a doctor from Prince Albert and the full-time services of a nurse practitioner.


But now, a group of physicians will be providing services one more day a week in the community.


Laurette Dreaver with the Big River First Nation says the addition of the physician will do little for people on the reserve — because most residents have become accustomed to heading to Prince Albert or Shellbrook for their health care needs.


Dreaver adds the band hasn’t had a conversation with the heath region for three or four months.