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"Desperate for Health Care Support": SARM

Welcome to Municipal Affairs, I'm your host Christopher Brown.

The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) is raising concerns regarding the profound staff shortages plaguing healthcare facilities across rural regions of the province.

Joining us for this crucial conversation is Ray Orb, President of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities. SARM, as the voice representing rural Saskatchewan, has been actively advocating for solutions to address the healthcare challenges faced by rural communities.

At the forefront of this discussion is the urgent need to address the shortage of healthcare professionals, particularly Nurse Practitioners (NPs), in rural areas.

The Saskatchewan Association of Nurse Practitioners (SANP) underscores the necessity of reinstating the Grow Your Own Nurse Practitioner Program, initially announced by the government in 2014. This program holds the potential to bolster the healthcare workforce in rural Saskatchewan by tapping into the pool of qualified Nurse Practitioners within the province.

As SARM prepares to engage in discussions with policymakers during the upcoming Spring Convention in Regina, the urgency to address the healthcare crisis in rural Saskatchewan remains paramount.

The outcomes of these deliberations will not only shape the future of healthcare delivery in rural communities but also underscore the commitment of governmental authorities to prioritize the well-being of all Saskatchewan residents.

Today's conversation serves as a pivotal moment in addressing the pressing healthcare challenges faced by rural Saskatchewan.

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