After three years without a doctor, the Town of Coronach felt they were on the right track to secure medical services, but now feel they have been met with a road block put up by the health region.
Murray Setrum, town administrator, said, “The Town of Coronach has been working to secure health services in Coronach for over three years, since we lost our doctor.” According to Setrum, the council felt they were nearing the final stages of securing a nurse practitioner for the town of Coronach.
“Our health committee has been working with a nurse practitioner that was interested in coming to Coronach and applied for the position that was on the Sun Country Website.”
Setrum further reported that the candidate’s application was accepted and acknowledged but then the candidate was informed that the posting had been dropped.
“We want to know why a posting for a Nurse Practitioner that has been online since February, disappeared shortly following the application of a qualified nurse practitioner. Although we are unable to use the candidate’s name, the candidate has informed us that the region told her/him that the posting has been dropped.”
“We are frustrated and feel that every time we make a step forward to rectify our health services situation in Coronach we are blocked by the Health Region or some other facet of the government.” concluded Setrum
A spokesperson for the Sun Country was unable to comment due to the requirements of the Elections Act 1996.
Rosalee Longmoore, President of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, has been made aware of, and is still gathering information in regards to the situation.”We are concerned because it’s our understanding that the community doesn’t have physician services at this time. While a Nurse Practitioner doesn’t replace a physician, they are able to offer a wide range of services to the community,” said Longmoore.
The Triangle News will continue to cover any further developments.