North Vancouver Island doctor says 2 resignations mean he’ll be working solo in local ER – CBC

Dr. Alex Nataros renews call for physician assistant

Jan 23, 2023

A doctor working in a northern Vancouver Island emergency room says two of his colleagues will be resigning at the end of June, leaving him as the only emergency physician in Port Hardy, B.C., unless the province answers his call for support.

On Jan. 20, Dr. Alex Nataros posted on social media that two other physicians will be leaving their posts this summer.

“This week TWO #PortHardy doctors announced their resignation effective June 2023,” read his post. “I will be the only doctor left in Port Hardy emerg on July 1. I need help.”

This forthcoming staffing shortage has prompted Nataros to reinforce his calls to the province to allow him to hire a physician assistant, which he spoke to the CBC about in December.

Physician assistants work under a doctor to perform many of their duties, such as conducting patient interviews and exams, assisting in surgery and writing prescriptions under the name of the doctor.

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