Recruiting doctors to the Island will soon be easier, says Health P.E.I. – CBC

Province removing committee that had to approve each new physician hire

Nov 09, 2022

It will soon be easier to get doctors to come work in P.E.I. thanks to the removal of two layers of provincial bureaucracy, according to the CEO of Health P.E.I.

“There’s a lot of reasons why people would like to move to P.E.I., but you know, historically our system has been this kind of mess of bureaucracy,” Dr. Michael Gardam told Mitch Cormier on Island Morning.

The provincial government is getting rid of the physician resource planning committee, which currently has to meet to approve each new doctor hired on the Island.

Gardam said the planning committee wasn’t appropriately resourced, so the delays became a roadblock.

“What ended up happening is that these doctor hires get delayed by months and months, and they just go elsewhere,” he said.

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