Election 2021: Physician recruitment and retention

Election 2021: Physician recruitment and retention

Doctors Nova Scotia believes that physicians and other system partners must work together to create solutions for health-care issues. We believe we are Stronger. Together. Physician recruitment and retention is one of three priorities Doctors Nova Scotia will discuss with 2021 election candidates.


Doctors Nova Scotia representatives will meet with candidates to inform them about and influence change on physician recruitment and retention.

Recruiting and retaining physician talent to Nova Scotia must continue to be a top priority. We continue to have challenges in both rural and urban areas of the province, and across many different physician specialties. We see a growing number of patients in search of a family physician. We also know we have many retirement-age physicians with large practices, whose patients will need clear succession plans in place. Based on the association’s membership information, 913 physicians (462 family doctors and 451 specialists) are over the age of 55. All system stakeholders must work together to recruit successfully, with a focus on compensation, practice environment and community support.

Compensation

To stabilize the physician workforce and strengthen the health-care system, Nova Scotia needs to continue to ensure it is offering competitive compensation and must remain on a path to becoming nationally competitive. Not only does this help recruit new physicians to Nova Scotia but it helps retain the physician talent we currently have.

Practice environment

A healthy practice environment is important too. Call burdens for rural specialists can often be excessive and securing locums can be a challenge. We also need to continue to tackle issues like unnecessary administrative burden for physicians and ensuring a fair audit process.

Community support

Nova Scotia also needs to create a strong community of support for successful recruitment including a welcoming environment for new physicians to the province and employment opportunities for family members. We all have a role to play in making Nova Scotia a welcoming place to live and work.

Other priorities

Post COVID-19 recovery

Our province must harness the lessons learned from physicians, nurses and other providers to build a better health-care system. Learn more

Revitalizing primary care

Our province must strike a Primary Care Task Force to create a shared vision and plan for primary health care in Nova Scotia. Learn more

What can you do?

Talk with local candidates on these important health-care priorities. The candidates will want to hear directly from physicians as community leaders. Personal contact is the most effective form of communication.

Read the health care platforms for the three main political parties before meeting with candidates:

Resources to support your advocacy

Physician recruitment and retention is one of three priorities Doctors Nova Scotia will discuss with 2021 election candidates. Doctors Nova Scotia believes that physicians and other system partners must work together to create solutions for health-care issues. We believe we are Stronger. Together.

Contact

Katie Mallam
Director, policy and physician wellness initiatives
902-481-4919
1-800-563-3427 ext. 4919