May 2, 2014 8:25 am

Another B.C. interior town losing its only doctors

Police say an investigation revealed the supposed doctor had no medical licence but had treated people — often in their homes — in Winnipeg, Steinbach, Brandon, Selkirk and other areas.

VANCOUVER – The small community of Scotch Creek is about to join a long list of other interior towns struggling to attract doctors.

The North Shuswap community’s current doctors, a husband and wife, are retiring at the end of the summer.

The area is not getting any assistance from Interior Health in its recruiting effort, meaning locals are fundraising in an attempt to attract a new doctor to the community.

More than 1,500 letters have been sent to doctors in B.C. and Alberta, with little interest so far.

“Our hope is that we will find another physician,” said Dr. Janet Bates, who is retiring. “We live in the community, we are staying in the community and we were hoping to support any physicians that might choose to come here.”

- With files from CFJC News

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