Masset council is considering restarting the village’s health care committee, after a notice from the Northern Health Authority got some people thinking the local pharmacy was about to close.
Mr. Pages said he called hospital site manager Derry Martens after reading the notice about reduced pharmacy service. She told him that this is a temporary measure, and that the Prince George-based Northern Health Authority is still trying to recruit a pharmacist to work in Masset.
According to the notice, as of Dec. 13, prescriptions will be faxed to the Queen Charlotte pharmacy and filled there, then delivered to the Masset pharmacy.
The entire incident got Mr. Pages thinking that it might be a good idea to start up the village’s dormant health care committee, he told council members at last week’s meeting (Dec. 2).
Council voted to send a letter to Northern Health Authority chief executive Malcolm Maxwell, suggesting that he clarify the pharmacy situation with another notice, and offering the village’s assistance in recruitment efforts.
“At a minimum, we can provide material about the community to include in your recruitment packages, or provide local contacts for recruits that may be considering a move here but want more detailed information,” the letter says. “The possibility of providing incentives has also been mentioned and council would be willing to explore this further if you have any suggestions or comments.”
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