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“The most important thing is that you actually stick to that plan,” Moe said.
In the coming weeks, Moe said more people will come to Saskatchewan from other parts of the world to work in health care. Both rural and urban positions will be filled, the prime minister said.
“We fully intend to be in a much stronger position in terms of the number of front-line healthcare professionals providing the services that we desperately need,” Moe said.
As part of the $60 million pledged to recruit more health care workers to the province, Moe said incentives are being offered to fill positions in certain hard-to-recruit fields and disciplines.
“We will support them in this process as quickly as possible,” he said.
The problem of skilled workers who are not licensed to practice in Canada was raised by healthcare professionals in Saskatchewanwho said they could strengthen Saskatchewan’s medical workforce and help fill the current shortage.
A call has also been made, Moe said, for those qualified but not licensed to practice in Saskatchewan to provide their contact information to the government.
So far, Moe said, the response has been “tremendous.” On Monday, Moe said about 400 trained medical professionals responded.
“We will go through this process one by one to provide as much support to our frontline healthcare workers, community after community, institution after institution, in this province,” he said.
Moe also said the government would provide financial assistance for the accreditation process — that assistance is part of the $60 million action plan.
The Prime Minister noted that the needs of each individual candidate are likely to be different, depending on whether they need training or foreign credential recognition, and what job they are equipped for.