Kenora councillors are hoping to attract new doctors, and they got an update on doctor recruiting last week from Anneke Gillis.
"Right now, there's an immediate need for eight new physicians," she said after the delegation.
"We've got all feet on the ground saying, 'Let's get this done. Let's get some new docs here,' " she emphasized.
Gillis hopes to see two new doctors arrive before the end of the year. The community's hoping to add eight more to ease workloads on existing medical staff.
Earlier this month, a doctor who was closing her clinic, said 10 more doctors were needed, in addition to about 35 physicians in the community. However, Dr. Lisa Habermehl noted between 60 and 70 would be needed, if you included the needs of neighbouring First Nations.
She added new doctors weren't as likely to work the 80 or 100 hours a week put in by some old-school physicians, such as Dr. Jim Beveridge, who recently retired.
Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath pledged more support for the area Friday, when she visited with a heart patient in Kenora.
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