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Sask health officials lead Manila recruitment drive

Saskatchewan health officials are leading a Mission to the Philippines this week until Friday Dec. 2 seeking to recruit future health care staff.

About 3,000 applications have been received for information sessions and over 1600 registrations have been confirmed to attend the information sessions.

Health officials are leading in-person sessions to recruit registered nurses, continuing care assistants and other high priority professions.

“I am honoured to lead Saskatchewan’s delegation on this important mission that builds on our province’s strong and meaningful relationship with the Philippines,” Minister of Health Paul Merriman said.

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So far, 20 offers have been extended by the Saskatchewan Health Authority to candidates from the Philippines for continuing care assistant roles and two for medical lab assistant positions. Also, 70 registered nurse candidates from the Philippines have begun the process to join Saskatchewan’s workforce. An additional 40 Filipino applicants are working through the process with the assistance of Saskatchewan staff.

“We’re working aggressively to address the pressing need for more health care staff, especially in high demand occupations and rural and remote areas,” Minister of Rural and Remote Health Everett Hindley said. “We’re spreading the word far and wide that opportunities are available at every stage, from recent graduates to experienced professionals from here and abroad.”

The province’s Health Human Resources Action Plan which is available on its health human resources website has had some 100,000 views since it was launched in September, according to officials.

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