Keeping Halton healthy by ensuring access to local family physicians

Keeping Halton healthy by ensuring access to local family physicians

Release Date: Mar 27, 2014

For over a decade, Halton Region’s Physician Recruitment program has actively marketed Halton to current and prospective physicians to help ensure that all of Halton’s residents have access to a family doctor. In 2013, the recruitment program had another successful year with an additional 22 family physicians establishing their practice in the Region. Since the recruitment initiative began in 2003, more than 200 new family doctors have made Halton home to their practice.

“Attracting new physicians to establish medical practices in Halton is a key priority in the Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan,” said Gary Carr, Regional Chair. “The successful Physician Recruitment program addresses both current and future physician needs. Thanks to this collaborative partnership involving all four Local Municipalities, local hospitals, clinics and community representatives, we are well on our way to meeting the goal of a family doctor for every Halton resident.”

Not only does Halton’s Physician Recruitment program recruit physicians to locate their practices in Halton, it also recruits family physicians to cover maternity and other leaves. The program also assists hospitals with their specialist recruiting, such as psychiatrists, pediatricians, emergency room physicians and hospitalists.

Halton’s Physician Recruitment program also continues to provide support to the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre in Burlington. The Family Health Centre is part of the 2009 Halton McMaster partnership which saw Halton Region and the City of Burlington provide ten-year funding to McMaster University to help establish a variety of programs in the Region. In June 2013, the first group of Halton McMaster Family Health Centre family medicine residents completed their training and from those five residents, three are now establishing practices in Halton.

To see a list of newly recruited doctors who are accepting patients across Halton, visit www.halton.ca/newphysicians. For more information on the physician recruitment program, visit www.haltondoctors.ca.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.

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Media Contacts:
John Davidson
Director, Economic Development
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7828

Chris Cottick
Communications Specialist
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7227
chris.cottick@halton.ca