Monday, December 5, 2005

London's sewage smells like pie, says Anne Marie Desicko

Whitehorse and Toronto are now short one physician thanks to London bribe money:

The city has recruited two more family doctors to help ease the shortage for Londoners.

Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco announced yesterday that doctors Robert Axford-Gatley of Toronto and Mohamed Izzeldin, a Sudan native practising in Whitehorse, will be taking patients over the next six weeks.

London has recruited four family physicians through a city program in the last four months.

"People can take some comfort in that we're gaining ground on this problem," DeCicco said at a news conference.

"The doctor recruitment program made all the difference because (Brian Tibbet) is working full time on this."
He should be working overtime if this is the best he can acheive. But then he shouldn't have been hired in the first place.

It is expected that each doctor will take on 1500 new patients each, although the mayor is confident the doctors will take on more patients than they can handle. The city's medical practitioners estimate that 50, 000 Londoners are without a family doctor. This means that the number of Londoners still without a family doctor after the new doctors begin practicing hovers around 47,000. This figure does not take into consideration the poor care most citizens receive.
City council set aside $100,000 for the recruitment program. The cost of hiring Tibbet was included in the funding.

As well, DeCicco initiated an Adopt-a-Doc program, in which doctors are paid $20,000 for moving to the city -- with money donated by businesses and organizations.

[..] London isn't considered underserviced, primarily because the province counts all doctors in the city, including those teaching at the University of Western Ontario.

[..] Emerson Smith, a 76-year-old retiree and elder at the church, said he heard of the city's new program and wanted to help.

"Last year, we raised $9,000 for World AIDS and the year before we paid off the mortgage on the church," Smith said.

"We also help out with disasters, earthquakes and floods -- and we just decided to do something this year for the citizens of London," Smith said.
Four new doctors in four months and two emergency wards to service 340,000 Londoners, and doctors are rebelling in one of those overworked wards.

Temp agency keeps hospital's ER open
A last-minute deal with a "temp agency" for physicians will keep University Hospital's emergency ward open and fully staffed over the holidays, averting a serious doctor shortage.

Citing heavy workloads, the doctors at London's two emergency rooms will withdraw their services from the university site next Thursday, though they will continue working at Victoria Hospital.

But temporary replacements will cover off those vacated shifts at the University campus until at least January, Dr. Gary Joubert, LHSC's head of emergency medicine, said yesterday.

"There won't be much of a difference that the average individual will (see)," Joubert said. "The good news is there will be two emergency departments fully operational and functional in London."

[..] Med-Emerg -- which Joubert described as "kind of a temp agency . . . for emergency doctors" -- will supply fully licensed doctors four days a week, from Thursday to Monday, until next month. Each doctor will get paid about $175 an hour, Joubert said.