BEAVER BANK: A new family doctor will soon be serving residents of Beaver Bank, the local MLA said.

In his speech to those at the Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre’s volunteer board’s annual general meeting in June, Bill Horne confirmed a new doctor is on the way to the community.

“I understand there is a problem with doctors, there’s not enough of them here in Beaver Bank,” said Horne. “We will be putting one more doctor in the Beaver Bank area.

“It’s good news.”

Horne said he had just come from meetings he and some Liberal caucus colleagues attended with the Nova Scotia Health Authority regarding the shortage of doctors across the province.

He understands it’s frustrating to not have a family physician when one is needed. Horne said he has had multiple calls from constituents who are at their “wits’ end” and can’t find a doctor to take them.

“We have had quite a few complaints from residents of Beaver Bank, and others in Sackville,” said the Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank Liberal representative. “The health board is putting in 40 new doctors in the HRM. It sounds like a lot, but there’s a lot of doctors retiring and others moving.

“The need is there for more doctors.”

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