Nova Scotia continues drive for British doctors

Representatives from Nova Scotia will be in the United Kingdom next week to continue promoting the province in a bid to attract more doctors.

Staff from the Office of Immigration and Nova Scotia Health Authority will attend the Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress in Birmingham from 24th to 27th June. The event focuses on psychiatrist recruitment.

Two practicing psychiatrists from Nova Scotia will also attend to provide information to doctors who are interested in living and practicing in the province.

So far, seven new doctors have already been approved through the province’s new Physician Immigration Stream.

The seven doctors are all on a path to permanent residency. They include five family doctors and two specialists who will work in Cape Breton, Antigonish, Chester and Halifax.

The doctors interested in moving to Nova Scotia visited the province in May and June and nine more doctors are planning to visit between July and September.

“Our recent trips to the UK have made for a busy spring and many site visits,” said Dr Lynne Harrigan, vice president of Medicine and Integrated Health Services.  “We are looking forward to attending this event again this year as psychiatry is one of our specialties with the highest needs. We hope that our second year at this conference will help expand our reach and ability to recruit.”

Harrigan continued: “We are excited to bring two Nova Scotia psychiatrists who can speak to potential recruits. We know that from other international events, it is our advantage to have immigration at the table to answer immediate questions for potential recruits.”

The new Physician Immigration Stream was launched in February. It aims to attract more international doctors and specialists to the province by making the immigration process easier and faster for those who have already received job offers from Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre.

Article published 22nd June 2018