In a recent news release, Minister of Health Adriana LaGrange issued a statement on the actions being taken to address physician shortages across the province.
“We are committed to strengthening Alberta’s health care system, which is why we committed to a record-breaking $2 billion towards primary health care in Budget 2023. We are continuing this important work through our Health Care Action Plan and through the Modernizing Alberta’s Primary Health Care System initiative."
Also, in her statement she mentioned, the latest data from the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta shows 255 physicians have registered to practice in Alberta in the last four months. In addition to these 255 new registrants, 248 physicians and surgeons choose to remain in Alberta after completing their training. AHS has been able to successfully hire 190 of those doctors to work in hospitals across the province.
They have been strategically placed in both urban and rural hospitals, including communities such as Vermilion, Grande Prairie and the Crowsnest Pass.
“This is a clear sign that our efforts to recruit and retain doctors in Alberta is working".
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