The province is taking steps to ensure access to physician services continues to be a high priority, particularly in rural and remote communities.
The Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan will transition to the Saskatchewan Health Authority on July 23. The agency focuses on recruitment and retention of physicians and health care professionals in Saskatchewan and uses the Saskdocs website as a tool to connect them with current opportunities in the province.
This transition will build on saskdocs’ good work, helping align recruitment efforts with the SHA’s physician resource planning and ensure that physicians are practising in communities where they are most needed.
“People in rural, northern, and urban communities throughout the province continue to have better access to physician care,” Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit said. “The efforts of saskdocs – along with other recruitment and retention initiatives introduced by our government – have resulted in 900 more licensed doctors and 3,700 more nurses in Saskatchewan than in 2007.”
There will also be a continued focus on retention and recruitment of other valued health professionals. The transfer will include Health Careers in Saskatchewan, which focuses on recruitment of other health professionals and is also operated by the Agency. Future doctors and health professionals will continue to see the saskdocs and Health Careers in Saskatchewan names, as they find employment in the province.
The transfer follows a review of the Agency, which was recommended by the Advisory Panel on Health System Structure in 2016.