Frustrated with the ongoing healthcare crisis in the area, the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality is taking matters into its own hands announcing the creation of two strategies Wednesday.
The first: the Recruitment, Retention and Training Initiative (RRETI) program is a stimulus package to healthcare professionals who choose to make the community their home.
“Incentives are available for physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, paramedics and allied health professions such as medical lab technicians and diagnostic imaging technicians,” said a press release from the municipality.
“The program includes one-time or escalating financial (cash) incentives in addition to transportation, housing and settlement supports.”
It will also help to cover the costs for anyone who undergoes further professional training and then comes back to the community.
Part two of the today’s announcement was the addition of a Regional Health Recruitment Liaison.
“This unique position will directly engage with potential applicants and refer leads to health employers, manage the RRETI program, and provide navigation and expertise about community resources to help newly arriving health professionals and their families settle into the community,” the release went on to say.
Under the job description, the person would work closely with groups like Northern Health and BC Emergency Health Services.
“These two new programs clearly demonstrate that the NRRM is serious about its commitment to ensure equitable access to health services for residents of the Northern Rockies," said mayor Gary Foster.
“Healthy and vibrant communities require strong, local health care services and we're taking these steps to make sure citizens in the Northern Rockies can access the services they need.”
The new initiatives, Foster said, were part of the NRRM’s Regional Health Advocacy Strategy developed and endorsed by Regional Council in 2021.