The Saskatchewan government is pleased about the amount of doctors working in the province.
900 more doctors currently provide service than in 2007, an over 50% increase since 2007.
Health Minister Jim Reiter said since the Saskatchewan party formed government, they’ve worked hard to make health care an attractive industry.
“We’ve put a number of programs in place,” he said. “We’ve increased seats at the College of Medicine, and a number of other things we’ve done, our physician recruitment agency that’s been successful.”
“We’re going to keep working on that.”
Reiter also noted the government has worked to make retaining doctors in centres not named Saskatoon or Regina a priority.
“We’ve done well in terms of retention, as well,” he said. “That’s helped immensely.
In response, the NDP’s Health critic Danielle Chartier said it’s nice there’s more doctors working, there’s still many things the government needs to do, including attracting youth medical specialists.
She said this is an area of high importance, especially with the new children’s hospital in Saskatoon set to open soon.
“In the area of Saskatoon, when it comes to attracting youth psychiatrists, what I hear from psychiatrists who are currently working in that area is the creative system around us that supports us, it’s not just about financial resources.”