Province says program to assess internationally trained family doctors moving ahead

Government says a new program to assess internationally trained family doctors to work in Nova Scotia is moving forward.

The province, which will provide $1.3 million in initial funding, has approved the proposal for a new Practice Ready Assessment Program.

Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey says this program will see new family doctors every year and provide more access to primary care in the province.  

Government says ten candidates will be accepted each year and will complete a three-month assessment at Dalhousie Family Medicine. 

Successful candidates will get a conditional licence and will work in underserved areas, including Halifax, Dartmouth, Cape Breton, the Annapolis Valley, and northern Nova Scotia.

Government says the first group of candidates should be ready to work in Nova Scotia starting next fall.