New Funding Will Attract Foreign Trained Health Workers, Study Best Practises

New program will help foreign-trained health professionals improve their English language skills and obtain Saskatchewan credentials to help fill demand for health-care workers.

By Betty Ann Adam, The Star Phoenix

Saskatoon — Removing obstacles that prevent internationally trained health-care professionals from working in Saskatchewan is the goal of $5 million in new funding from the federal and provincial governments.

A second funding announcement also made Friday in Saskatoon will focus on improving efficiency of chronic disease prevention and management and improve access to care for vulnerable populations.

“The first will put more health-care professionals here on the ground in Saskatchewan,” said Federal Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq.

“The demand for people with the required skills just keeps growing,” she said.

The program will help health professionals who were trained in other countries to obtain Saskatchewan credentials.

It will provide upgraded training and help improve English language skills for current and potential workers. The program is expected to help attract and retain 200 workers to the province, including nurses, nurse practitioners, lab technologists and radiation technicians.

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