LETTER: Physician assistants could ease our health-care woes

Weekly letters to the editor from within the Sooke community.

Re: Doctor shortage in critical condition (News, Nov. 23)

I’m a physician assistant with more than 20 years in health care.

We moved to Sooke from Manitoba where I was working in emergency medicine after I retired from the Canadian Forces.

It’s sad that I have to travel to the Northwest Territories to practice at remote mine where I am responsible for the care of 1,500 people yet cannot practice in B.C.

It’s time for the B.C. government to acknowledge how physician assistants are making a positive impact in other provinces and enact legislation to allow physician assistants to practice here.

Jack Buchanan

Sooke