The Quinte Health Care Board of Directors hasn’t heard or seen the last of the citizens
advocacy group, OurTMH.
They are determined to keep forever the current services offered at Trenton Memorial Hospital,
and will appear as a delegation at the QHC Board’s next meeting, to be held in Trenton on September 27.
A major citizens rally on that same date is also being organized.
OurTMH Chair Mike Cowan says he’ll push to put a stop to any plans to move day surgeries from Trenton to Belleville and will strongly suggest that QHC board members be much more accountable and accessible to the public.
Cowan says that now a person has to go through QHC gatekeepers to even talk to a board member and that no one knows who they are.
Meanwhile, the organization is renewing efforts to increase its membership to 5,000 people by the end of the year. OurTMH now has just over 3,000 members.
In other health related news in the City of Quinte West, long serving family physician, Dr. Adrian Bowler will be retiring from his practice this November.
Efforts to have his patients taken over by another doctor or doctors have so far failed, but continue. Dr. Bowler has well over 3,000 people on his patient roster.
Mayor of Quinte West, Jim Harrison, stressed that the city can never stop supporting the ongoing recruitment of new doctors as more and more physicians retire.