Province announces hiring of more health professionals

The Nova Scotia government says 39 health professionals are being added to collaborative family practice teams in 17 communities.

They include 15 nurse practitioners, 17 family practice nurses, six social workers, and a part-time physiotherapist.

Locally, a family practice nurse is being added in Springhill, while a family practice nurse and a nurse practitioner are heading to Westville.

The province says new collaborative family practice teams are launching in Dartmouth, Kentville, North Sydney, and Glace Bay.

Government says additional health professionals are being hired for other communities to address immediate needs and, eventually, take on new patients.

Those communities include Pictou, Parrsboro, and New Glasgow.