Nova Scotia is attempting a new approach to attracting doctors, according to the Premier. Collaboration between the Provinces Health Authority and Immigration Department resulted in a new recruitment team travelling to London England over the weekend.
Stephen McNeil says that the job fair in Europe attracts almost 2,000 interested physicians from all around the world. MacNeil says that this is a good measure to bring international physicians to the province:
McNeil adds that Immigration Minister Lena Diab and Health Minister Randy Delorey both say that the two departments are working diligently to address the doctor shortage that plagues the province. Reports estimate that more than 100,000 Nova Scotians are without a family doctor.
It was announced on Friday that the Nova Scotia government is increasing its support for the 2018 Special Olympics National Summer Games in Antigonish next summer. Additional funding of 500-thousand dollars will benefit Special Olympians at these games and help with the training and development of future athletes.
Premier Stephen MacNeil says that the government felt it was a solid investment to add another 500 thousand dollars to the 1 million invested earlier this year. McNeil says Antigonish will do an excellent job hosting the games:
Long time supporter of the Special Olympics, The Michelin Corporate Foundation also announced a 250,000 dollar donation for next summer’s games. These Special Olympics National Summer Games will be only the second ever hosted in Nova Scotia.
The Liberal Leader was in Antigonish Monday for a stop on his campaign trail highlighting investments from the Liberal Government into the local area. Stephen MacNeil talked about highway twinning, investments in health care, as well as a new gravel road plan.
MacNeil says this new gravel road investment is necessary for the rural roads in Antigonish and surrounding counties:
Antigonish Liberal incumbent Randy Delorey, who stood by the premier’s side during his visit, touched on the new preschool program included in McNeils action plan. The three point seven million dollar allocation hopes to add 30 new pre-primary programs for 4-year olds, which Delorey says will be crucial in helping young families.
Although it’s early in the campaign season, Delorey says he already has a busy month ahead as he and the other candidates prepare for the May 30th election.
McNeil also made stops in Lincolnville, Guysborough, and Sherbrooke in his swing through Northeastern Nova Scotia.