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(as introduced)

1st Session, 64th General Assembly
Nova Scotia
70 Elizabeth II, 2021


Private Member's Bill


Healthcare Professionals Recruitment Accountability Act


The Honourable Zach Churchill

First Reading: October 13, 2021

Second Reading:

Third Reading:


An Act Respecting Healthcare
Professionals Recruitment Accountability

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 This Act may be cited as the Healthcare Professionals Recruitment Accountability Act.

2 In this Act,

(a) "IWK Health Centre" and "provincial health authority" have the same meanings as in the Health Authorities Act;

(b) "Minister" means the Minister responsible for the Office of Healthcare Professionals Recruitment;

(c) "vacancy" means a position that is unoccupied or not filled.

3 The Minister shall, on an ongoing basis, collect data respecting the number of

(a) vacancies; and

(b) professionals who have been successfully recruited,

at the IWK Health Centre and the provincial health authority, broken down by each of the management zones established under the regulations made under the Health Authorities Act, for each of the following professions:

(c) family physicians;

(d) specialist medical practitioners;

(e) nurse practitioners;

(f) registered nurses;

(g) licensed practical nurses;

(h) paramedics; and

(i) continuing care assistants.

4 (1) On a monthly basis, the Minister shall prepare an accountability report outlining the data collected under Section 3 for the past month.

(2) The accountability report must be released publicly by the Office of Healthcare Professionals Recruitment within five business days after the first day of each month and be posted on the Department of Health and Wellness website.

5 The money required for the purpose of this Act must be paid out of money appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature.


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