Recently, an announcement was made about the closure of a medical clinic in Cochrane. This has raised concerns for many people in our community, including Council. We all recognize that a thriving, healthy community requires local medical care. And a complete community is one that has full access to family doctors for all residents. That is our ultimate goal.
I also want to share with you that we are taking steps to educate ourselves on this current reality and identify how we can respond to this as a municipality.
Over the last few weeks, I have met with Airdrie-Cochrane MLA Peter Guthrie, had a meeting with a representative from the Minister of Health and had conversations with local doctors. I recognize that this is simply a starting point to understand the broader context. Looking ahead, we need to understand what it is that we can do and where best to put our efforts as a municipality to attract new doctors and retain all health care professionals.
I would welcome the opportunity to hear from our local health care community on actions they feel we could support.
Once we collect all of the data, we will share in coming weeks what we have learned and a plan of action moving forward. I want you to know that we are acutely aware of this issue and are working to do whatever we can to bring resolution.
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