Kudos to Kendra Coombes for identifying retainment & recruitment as the fundamental issues to be addressed in our doctor shortage issue. See her letter in the Cape Breton Post HERE
" We need a government that is listening to those on the ground about what needs to be done in order to recruit and retain more health care workers. "
I will add to that statement this comment: " IN MOST CASES, IT IS EASIER AND LESS COSTLY TO RETAIN THAN TO RECRUIT"
In a recent article in the Port Hawkesbury Reporter " Council taking away walking trail with decision to back multi-use route " we see a local doctor pleading with elected officials and the people of Richmond County not to destroy his family's quality of life for the pleasure of a niche group of hobbyists who mostly don't actually live in the communities. We see Doctors, Engineers, Teachers and other professionals doing the same in CBRM where they have already made the same mistake and are causing great harm to existing and longstanding peaceful communities, for absolutely no good reason.
Words used in the Port Hawkesbury Reporter article above like:
"We were extremely disheartened, frustrated and confused" and "it is unacceptably dangerous for us to walk/run/sled/snowshoe on trails that are frequented by ATVs/dirt bikes/snowmobiles as our children see these as attractive and will unknowingly gravitate toward a potentially deadly situation"
and "the most common and often most serious injuries seen around here involve ATVs and dirt bikes" and "Our family will never feel safe walking the trail" are all red flags being raised in Richmond County but we already see these exact outcomes in District 9/10 in CBRM.
When local Doctors and Engineers and other Professionals are taking time out of busy schedules to warn elected officials about idiotic decisions that directly and negatively affect our quality of life, Kendra and other elected officials should listen now, before it is too late. Good people who can offer great value to our communities will not stick around to be disrespected and all for a substandard lifestyle. If the people of Richmond County do not stand behind Dr. MacNeil and his family, they should (but hopefully not) pack up and move their family elsewhere. There's lots of beautiful places in Canada that have life affirming public policies and the MacNeil family deserves the best that life can bring them.
Join this Facebook group to see why Dr. MacNeil and others are trying hard to reverse these ill-informed decisions and make CBRM a better place to live, stay or move to:
It is a private group free of bullying and full of information