By Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Kneehill County council reaffirmed its support of the current regional approach to physician recruitment during its regular council meeting June 22.

On the agenda was the issue of “Doctor recruitment and retention task force terms of reference,” including a questionnaire. 

“The attached questionnaire represents the partnership’s second round of member consultation,” stated a staff memo on the subject. 

“The answers included are based on the discussion that occurred at the June 15, 2021 Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting.”

It was noted the proposed per capita funding formula, if adopted, meant Kneehill ratepayers would pay $10,000 to the task force.

Coun. Glen Keiver asked how he could gauge the task force’s success. Keiver stated it’s been operating for a number of years and the task force has never landed a full slate of doctors for the area. 

Keiver asked how councillors could tell if the partnership is operating the way they want it to.

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Mike Haugen stated there has never been a guarantee that the community will have a full slate of doctors.

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