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Letters July 20: Deploying more doctors; don’t rush to privatization

Make it easier for doctors to practise here

A recent letter about investing outside Canada to get new doctors struck a loud chord with me.

My daughter is a physician practising in the United States, having gone to medical school outside of Canada due to limited placements in B.C., and subsequently completing a fellowship in Boston.

As a parent, I had hopes that despite the physician shortage in many disciplines, my daughter could find an avenue to practise in B.C.

Through my work within the Lower Mainland health authorities, I was acutely aware of the recruitment difficulties to fill physician vacancies. In this context I had a discussion with a physician-recruitment group to learn about existing recruitment practices.

It seemed that efforts were focused on job fairs where health agencies across Canada competed against each other for physicians. I also learned that for…

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