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LETTER: Chester doctor crisis dire

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On Nov. 18, CTV aired a segment featuring Lorraine Burch, general manager of Chester's Our Health Centre walk-in clinic, bemoaning the fact that Chester was losing another three physicians, leaving only one full-time and one part-time physician. Physicians who practise at this location manage to only stay for a maximum of two years — some stay a much shorter period of time — only to move to other areas.

Perhaps if the promoters of this nearly $5-million warehouse-sized building, who claimed it would be a “doctor magnet,” had spent this amount of money to subsidize young physicians who then would be contracted to practise in Chester for a set amount of time, residents would not be suffering through a physician drought. Instead, they built a monument to themselves.

Gérard Gagnon, East Chester

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