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Harper Government Announces Funding to Support New Family Medicine Positions in Newfoundland and Labrador

News Release
2011-34
February 23, 2011
For immediate release

Factsheet: Family Medicine Residency Initiative for Communities in Newfoundland and Labrador

St. John’s – On behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Senator Fabian Manning, today announced federal funding that will support up to 16 new family medicine residents to receive training and provide medical services in Newfoundland and Labrador.”Today’s announcement will bring more doctors to Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Senator Manning. “This project will provide the necessary medical training for new family medicine residents and equip them with the skill set needed to practice in rural and remote areas throughout the province.”

Working together with the provincial Department of Health and Community Services and the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador, federal funding for this project will support up to 16 new family medicine residents, who will receive training in selected rural communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. As a result of this enhanced rural experience, these family medicine residents will be better prepared to practice in these small communities.

“Our government is committed to the recruitment and retention of physicians to our province, especially in rural areas, and we continue to see success. We have more physicians now than in the history of our province,” said the Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Health and Community Services. “Memorial University has become a world leader in preparing future physicians for rural practice. With an expansion of the class size to 84 seats by 2013, this funding will further assist us in ensuring that medical students have additional opportunities for positive placements and to practice in rural settings.”

Funding from today’s announcement will help ensure the people of Newfoundland and Labrador have greater access to the right supply, mix and distribution of health care providers. It will also support the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s efforts around health human resources planning which aims to create and maintain a stable, adequate health workforce in underserved communities.

The Government of Canada is providing up to $4.5 million in funding over six years through the Pan-Canadian Health Human Resources Strategy which supports and facilitates innovation in health human resources to help bring about an adequate supply of health care providers while promoting optimal working conditions for Canada’s health workforce.

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