More Funding to Support Doctor Recruitment, Retention in Annapolis Valley

Two groups in the Annapolis Valley will get support to recruit doctors and other healthcare professionals and retain those who already live and work in their communities.

The Province is funding the Mid Valley Region Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee and the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce for initiatives including digital physician recruitment toolkits, family physician appreciation programs, and programs that welcome physicians and their families to their communities.

“Building strong community ties between healthcare providers and their families is key to attracting and retaining doctors in the Annapolis Valley,” said Kings West MLA Chris Palmer, on behalf of Michelle Thompson, Minister responsible for the Office of Healthcare Professionals Recruitment. “The dedicated volunteers who are the heart of these organizations know better than anyone what makes the Annapolis Valley such a great place to live and work, and I thank them for their leadership.”

The funding is from the government’s new Office of Healthcare Professionals Recruitment (OHPR) Community Fund. A total of 28 groups across Nova Scotia applied by the December 19 deadline, and more successful applicants will be notified in the coming weeks.

The $2-million community fund is among the recruitment and retention initiatives outlined in Action for Health, the Province’s strategic plan to improve healthcare.

Read full press release here.