It’s very serious’: Relying on short-term doctors may harm health care in Nunavut – CBC

Apr 11, 2019

New report highlights need for more Inuit doctors and nurses in the Nunavut health care system

Nunavut suffers from a shortage of permanent or long-term doctors and nurses and if the territory is like other jurisdictions where transient physicians and nurses are the norm, that’s not good for patient care.

These findings were published earlier this month in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The report, “Addressing provider turnover to improve health outcomes in Nunavut” documents the territory’s reliance on transient medical professionals in its health-care system.

The report states that although there’s not enough research to say exactly how that affects health care in Nunavut, studies of other regions with transient medical workforces suggest it’s not good.

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