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Is a medical catastrophe within sight?

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There is a crisis festering in Niagara, that if not attended to in a timely and effective fashion, may soon reach catastrophe on the disaster scale.

This particular crisis is more commonly known as 'the doctor shortage.' According to regional health officials and others, this estimated deficiency is somewhere just less than 100 doctors across a range of specialties.

That number doesn't seem to be that disconcerting unless you are one of the nearly 30 per cent of Niagara residents who can't connect with a doctor to treat their families. These people depend on a sparse number of 'clinics' and the hospital emergency wards to meet their medical needs. Emergency room wait times are posted on the internet and are another indicator of the seriousness of this issue. Wait times in the order of hours are the........

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