Rural health care in crisis: part 3

CALEB NICKERSON

SHAWVILLE Oct. 21, 2020 

Note: This is the fourth installment of a series on the crisis in rural health care that attempts to discuss as many facets of the issue as possible. If you haven’t read the previous portions, check out page two of our issues on Sept. 2, Sept. 9 and Sept. 23. This article will examine problems caused by staffing shortages in two areas of the Pontiac Community Hospital (PCH), physiotherapy and the microbiology lab. If you have a story or perspective you want to add to the conversation, send an email to editor@theequity.ca or call 819-647-2204. 

The loss of the obstetrics unit at PCH garnered a huge amount of attention earlier in the year, and for good reason. Many residents were outraged that such pillar of local health care services would be lost, and were justifiably skeptical of the regional health authority CISSSO’s claim that that the closure would only be temporary. Here we are more than a month after the promised re-opening date and the problem not only remains unsolved, but the situation hasn’t improved significantly since the start of the year. 
Even with the havoc and uncertainty unleashed by COVID-19, there are some recent changes that cannot be blamed on the strain of a global pandemic. 
THE EQUITY reported on Oct. 7 that physiotherapy at the PCH has been interrupted in recent weeks, due to both physiotherapists being . . .

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