Hay River doctor shortage is over, at least till next month

Starting on Sunday, July 21, Hay River’s medical clinic will resume same-day and booked appointments as normal.

The town’s health centre had been experiencing a shortage of doctors since the start of the month.

In recent weeks, only two or three physicians had been available in the community instead of the usual five.


During the shortage, other services provided by the health centre were able to continue as normal.

The clinic said another shortage is still expected between August 18 and 31.

In mid-June – when the summer shortages were announced – Erin Griffiths, chief executive of the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority, said the summer months were a challenging time to keep the positions fully staffed.