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Senior and retired physician group of NLMA
The Senior and Retired Physicians group of NLMA is open to any physician aged over 65, practicing or retired.
By Dr. Vince McMahon
This group was established by the late
Dr. Nigel Rusted. It was chaired by Dr. Greg Russell until 2012.
When he resigned, I was then appointed.
I attended meetings
intermittently over the previous years. It seemed to be that we
lacked focus and direction. I wanted to broaden the scope of our
group and decided to see how other provinces conducted their
affairs. I struck gold on my first phone call to Dr. Robert Read of
Halifax, NS, who is secretary of the Senior and Retired Physicians
Group of Doctors NS (SSRDNS). This group is described as the only
organization in Canada for senior and retired doctors.
first met in April 2009 and made a number of key decisions:
The inclusion of doctors aged over 65
and still active in full or part-time practice;
Participation as a section of Doctors
NS, rather than as a separate organization: and,
The importance of the advocacy role of the
On Sunday, August 21, 2011, in
St. John’s, at the CMA AGM, Dr. Read gave a presentation. He
suggested that the structure of the SSRDNS could be used as a
template for the national body. His statistics were exciting.
Doctors NS lists 2,300 members. 260 are >65 and retired and 260 are
active in full or part-time practice, for a total of 520/2,300 =
22.6%. Up to August 2011, 100 out of each group of 260 joined the
SSRD. There are monthly local meetings held in Halifax, Yarmouth,
Dartmouth, etc. Up to 100 members attend the AGM. Currently four to
eight members attend our bi-monthly meetings in St. John’s.
a complement of about 1,100 doctors in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Extrapolating the statistics of Nova Scotia (22.6%), it is
reasonable to assume that potentially we may have over 100 members
in each group.
Our last meeting was held on April 16, 2013 in the
NLMA House boardroom. An invitation was extended to all members over
65 years of age. New members will permit us to draw up a
constitution, by-laws, etc.
It is important to note that the
upcoming Strategic Plan of the NLMA will include physician wellness
focus groups, the fostering of a culture of caring for physicians
and a focus on member engagement.
When we look at our role model,
the SSRDNS, we see that many of the topics that engage them are
volunteerism, mentoring and teaching, advice to colleagues
contemplating retirement, compassionate care to ill, isolated and
bereaved colleagues, recognition and commemoration and archive
management. These points of engagement of SSRDNS seem to be in very
close alignment with the aims of the NLMA.
Life expectancy has
increased by 10 years in the last 75 years. This reality has caused
concern and much is being written about the possible insolvency of
defined benefit pension plans, the extension of working life beyond
65 years and the ongoing cost of provision of medical, nursing,
pharmacy and social care for long-living seniors, some of us who
have experienced these costs know that they can be prohibitive.
Doctors who have been in salaried practice are covered, to some
degree, by public service health care plans. I submit that the
purchase of supplementary health care coverage is essential.
a brief overview of the topics that were discussed in April.
Meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of every second
month. To inquire about the Senior and Retired Physicians Group,
Dr. Vince McMahon or call him at (709) 738-7057.