N.L. minister to meet with frustrated Ukrainian doctors in the province who fled war

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador's health minister is meeting on Thursday with Ukrainian doctors in the province who fled Russian attacks on their country.

Some Ukrainian doctors have said they arrived in the province eager to become licensed to practice but have been met with silence from the provincial government.

An statement Tuesday evening from the provincial Health Department says Health Minister Tom Osborne will meet with them on Thursday to discuss their concerns.

The government says it has consulted with multiple health-care regulators in the province to explore how barriers could be lowered for Ukrainian doctors seeking licences to practice.

Some Ukrainian physicians in St. John's say they have been in contact with officials from Nova Scotia offering help to relocate to that province.

Nova Scotia's Health Department said Tuesday it wasn't aware of "proactive communications" with Ukrainian doctors in Newfoundland, but it said that anyone who filled out its online intake form for Ukrainian physicians has been contacted.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 20, 2022.

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