Town wants to hear from you on local health care centre

The next step in a process to provide for a Community Health Centre in Osoyoos will be taken next week.

The Town is hosting a public consultation session “to inform and engage residents in the process of investigating the development of the centre.”

The objective of the session, the Town says, is to provide information, seek feedback and offer residents the opportunity to provide input.

The event is scheduled for May 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sonora Community Centre.

Vancouver-based Collier International was selected in March to conduct a health centre feasibility study.

The Town applied for and received a $100,000 Rural Dividend Grant to conduct the study; Collier is charging $85,200 — with an additional $5,000 in travel expenses — to do the work.

In April 2017, a community group made a presentation to Council proposing a not-for-profit walk-in clinic for the Main Street building now occupied by Destination Osoyoos.

Residents for Health Care made that pitch as part of a solution to a shortage of doctors in the community.

The advocates also wanted Council to hire a recruiter to find additional doctors to serve the Osoyoos community.

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