The Official Opposition raised concern about the lack of specialists in the province.
A recent report commissioned by the Ministry of Health shows the province needs around 28 general pediatricians and 42 pediatric physicians by 2022-23 to meet the demands of the medical system at that time.
The same report also showed it’s now unclear as to whether or not they’ll reach the goal of having 70 pediatricians hired at the new Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon at the time of opening.
Minister of Health Jim Reiter said there’s still alot of time and things will be fine.
“We’re roughly a year and half a way,” he said. “We’re on time and on budget with the capital project. I’m told we have 52/70 of the pediatrician FTE’s recruited, 18 left to go with a year and half left to go.”
However, that point of view is not shared by Ryan Meili.
For him, the concern doesn’t just strictly lie with recruitment.
“What really astounds and concerns me, and this has been a pattern for many years in my profession, is we see many good quality graduates coming out of our programs, ready to work and this government doesn’t make the positions available,” he said. “So we lose them to other provinces.”