Dr. Patrick OShea
Dr. Patrick O'Shea was installed as the 85th President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA) during its annual general meeting at the Johnson GEO Centre in St. John's on Saturday.
O'Shea has practiced family medicine in St. John's for the past 28 years and is a co-founder of the Newfoundland Drive Family Practice. He provides office care as well as minor surgical procedures and palliative care. He also provides house calls and is a staff physician of both Chancellor Park and St. Patrick's Mercy Home long-term care facilities.
O'Shea told delegates Saturday that, in addition to concluding ongoing negotiations with government, there are other key issues that will be significant priorities during his term as president, including care for the elderly. O'Shea said he will be calling for a provincial summit to gather representatives from all agencies involved in providing care to the elderly.
"The next 10 years will see an increasing strain placed on our health-care resources by those over 65. Informed discussions about long-term care and the concerns of seniors need to start now in order to identify the current service gaps and to develop recommended policy for decision-makers. We cannot wait another five to 10 years when the problems will be even more overwhelming," O'Shea said.
"This summer, I will be touring the province to meet with colleagues to find solutions to these and many other concerns facing the medical profession. I look forward to the year ahead and pledge my best efforts to ensure the future success of our profession, and ultimately the best possible medical care for the people of our province."
Also addressing the business meeting Saturday was Dr. Anne Doig, a Saskatoon family physician and president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). She presented Dr. Kim Edward Mong Hong, a retired St. John's radiation oncologist, with the CMA Honorary Life Membership Award. The award recognizes physicians who have put into practice the aims and ideals of the medical profession and who exemplify the CMA Coat of Arms: Integrity and Compassion.
The NLMA Honorary Life Membership Award was presented to retired St. John's family physician and general surgeon, Dr. Nigel Rusted, in recognition of his distinguished service to the Association and for his achievements in medicine.