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PEI invoice goals to take away the hurdle to recruit worldwide, off-Island well being employees

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CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI — Premier Dennis King’s PCs consider a brand new invoice earlier than the PEI legislature will take away a serious barrier to the recruitment of worldwide and off-Island well being employees.

The invoice, an modification to the Regulated Well being Professions Act, would take away the requirement that medical doctors, nurses and different well being professionals have a letter of fine standing from all nations or provinces by which they’ve beforehand practiced earlier than being licensed in PEI

The brand new invoice would require well being employees to don’t have any disciplinary issues on their information which might render them “unsuitable” to follow of their occupation.

The invoice was launched on Could 16 by the province’s new well being minister, Mark McLane

In an interview within the halls of the Coles constructing on Could 17, McLane stated the invoice was a “first step” within the means of easing the regulatory hurdles that stored well being professionals from working within the province.

McLane stated the legislated requirement to get a letter of understanding has restricted recruitment efforts for medical doctors.

“When you’ve practiced in Nova Scotia, Ontario, BC within the final 10 years, it’s good to go to these three jurisdictions to get letters of fine standing,” McLane stated. “When you’ve practiced abroad, that is troublesome to do. A few of these timelines get very lengthy and if different jurisdictions haven’t got these necessities, we lose out on a capability to draw that place.”

He stated the province plans to place in place the identical measures as Alberta and Nova Scotia, which have allowed foreign-trained nurses to follow.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is located in Charlottetown, PEI - SaltWire
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is situated in Charlottetown, PEI – SaltWire

Nova Scotia’s adjustments have allowed nurses skilled within the Philippines, India, Nigeria, the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand to turn into licensed in weeks. The method has typically taken greater than a yr previous to the adjustments.

Alberta’s adjustments included the identical nations, together with Jamaica and Eire. Most of the nurses who’ve since been registered had been already dwelling within the nation however weren’t working of their subject.

The Nova Scotia Faculty of Nursing has reported it acquired greater than 10,000 purposes after the adjustments had been made final month.

Easing hurdles nonetheless requires regulation

If the invoice is handed, McLane stated the cupboard would nonetheless must make adjustments to laws for every of the well being professions. The particular nations the province would align its license with can be set out in these laws.

“We have all seen the few nations that align properly with Canada. So, I feel we might begin there,” McLane stated. “We might go sluggish to start out, to not solid the web too far.”

The Atlantic provinces of Canada have launched the Atlantic Physician Register on May.  Unsplash
The Atlantic provinces of Canada have launched the Atlantic Doctor Register on Could. Unsplash

In an e-mail, Melissa MacDonald, chief working officer of the PEI Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons, stated the province has been working with the faculty on the adjustments.

MacDonald stated the faculty would nonetheless regulate and self-discipline training physicians within the province and would count on medical doctors to be in good standing.

PEI’s Faculty of Registered Nurses and Midwives declined to touch upon the brand new invoice because it has not but been handed within the legislature.

MLAs will debate the invoice throughout this spring’s legislative sitting.

On Could 1, PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador all launched a regional Atlantic doctor registry, which permits medical doctors to be licensed to follow all through the area for an annual $500 charge.

The registration course of might recruit new physicians and will assist make the method of recruiting locums to the province simpler.


Stu Neatby is a political reporter with SaltWire in Prince Edward Island. He will be reached by e-mail at [email protected] and adopted on Twitter @stu_neatby.

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