By Rochelle Baker Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Most of the North Island region, not only Port Hardy, is facing doctor and nursing shortages as well as significant gaps in medical imaging and lab services, a document leaked to Canada’s National Observer shows. The region has been in an “evolving state of crisis” since the pandemic began, an Aug. 5 briefing note by the North Island chapter of the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice states. This is the second document leaked to Canada’s National Observer on the issue. The area is expected to continue bleeding doctors, according to the document detailing medical staff levels and expected vacancies for a meeting with Island Health. Alert Bay, a ferry-dependent community of 1,200, is expected to have no doctors staffing its emergency
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