Concerns for Healthcare in Nokomis and Rural Saskatchewan


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By Jennifer Argue, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

October 22, 2021​

Wayne Busch is a long-time resident of Nokomis, and he is also the former Mayor and Principal of Nokomis School. He wrote a letter to the Town Council with concerns over health care services in Nokomis and rural Saskatchewan. He wanted to know if the local Health Council continued to exist or if they were still active. He is also concerned with a lack of communication regarding access to health care and increased pressure on the only physician providing the services to the area. He is also concerned about the accessibility between the lab and the physician’s office and the varying lab hours due to the lack of employees.
Busch wrote, “I suggest we are heading to a situation where health care for our citizens will not be able to recover to pre pandemic times and rural SK health care is going to suffer. An aging population in our many small communities will have no alternative but to move to a much larger Center or city.”
Busch wants to see the Council push the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and the government to outline their roadmap for health care services in rural Saskatchewan.
LMT spoke with Mr. Busch, Nokomis Mayor David Mark, and the Government of Saskatchewan, who referred our questions to the SHA. We also reached out to Dr. Lim, who said that “for now,” he thinks it’s in the community’s best interest to leave the discussion between the Mayor, the community, and the Health Authority.
Mayor Mark sits on the Nokomis and Area Community Health Council. The terms of engagement say the purpose of the Council is “To promote the active engagement of...continued

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