In a message posted on the Facebook account Islanders Bulletin Board, Dr. Paul Bonanbond announced his retirement on July 1, 2021. The doctor has been following patients on the island since the early 1980s. He mainly trained at the Provost Medical Center.
According to his colleague Dr. Annie Loroch, the doctor had more than 3000 patients. Although he recovered some of these files, many were left orphaned.
I was surprised, but it is natural for him to retire, but I want to be an alternative to him, Monique, one of his patients, wanted to keep his last name quiet.
Who will replace him? Louis Roy, a resident of the island for 38 years and a patient of Dr. Bonanbond, asks.
For now, it worries.
It was a disappointment and worry because I was no longer a family doctor. I’m going to do the same as everyone else, hang out on the internet, Adds another patient, Nov Kota.
It can have an impact, Says Daniel Ovellet, pharmacist and owner of Familyliprix DL-D’Orleans. He says he is ready to provide some follow-up, including recommended updates for Dr. Bonanbond’s orphans.
If the files are too complicated, unfortunately, we would not like the pharmacist to change a doctor and not make the necessary assessments.
Recruitment is difficult
In his opening message, Dr. Bonanbond underscores the difficulty of attracting new physicians to All-D’Orleans.
The Ministry of Health determines the number of posts available in each region each year. Île-d’Orléans is part of Puebla Beach, and despite the announcement of my departure in 2021, only two positions have been reserved, and the elect would not have wanted to come to the island., Can we read.
2021 is the worst year in a long time to recruit medical residency positions in family medicine at universities this year., Believes Dr. Laroch.
Doctors like to go to the specialist. The problem remains unresolved, The doctor insists.
Harold Noel, mayor of Saint-Petronil and chairman of MRCDL-D’Orleans, has known Dr. Bonanbond for many years before retiring.
He points out that a position has been opened with the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale following pressure from island mayors in recent months. After all, this level is not yet filled.
The challenge is to get a doctor to come to the island and train. This is a small environment, where there can not be many doctors in a medical clinic. As for working hours, it is still demanding, Mr. Noel mentions.
200 days training in the area
CIUSSS points out that the prospective island physician must have at least 200 days of training in the area, which complicates recruitment.
We have tried a lot to recruit a candidate who wants to take charge from Dr. Bonanpond, but so far have not been successful., Refers to Matthew Bowen, spokesman for the CIUSSS de la Capitol-National.
Dr. Bonanbond’s patients will be redistributed to other family medicine groups in the field,
As much as possible, He adds.
Priority status Those who are not allowed to appoint a new family doctor immediately will be placed on the waiting list of the Family Physician Access Center., Mr. Bowen mentions.
With information by Hadi Hasin
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