Municipal doctor recruitment efforts seeing results

ANTIGONISH: A drive by municipal leaders to get involved in doctor recruitment is seeing some results.

Since becoming part of the discussions surrounding physician recruitment, Antigonish Warden Owen McCarron said he and Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher met with several physicians taking a look at the area.

McCarron said he is pleased with how things are going, noting the municipal leaders engaged with a number of potential recruits.

“We’ve had the opportunity to meet with several incoming physicians looking at our area,” said McCarron. “The mayor and I have taken many opportunities to engage with new physicians coming to the area; showcasing and highlighting some of the attributes and things this community has to offer. We’re starting to see lots of benefits from that.”

McCarron said the doctors visiting enjoying getting face time with local representatives. He said one doctor is here already. He also said they recently interviewed a doctor from South Africa, adding it looks promising the doctor will come to the area.

“There are a few more that we’ve talked to and they might be a little further out but we’re hopeful,” he said. “Each time we meet and have those discussions, it’s important for our overall community.”

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