Ukrainian doctors in N.L. who fled the war say they are frustrated with province

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — A physician who fled the Russian invasion of Ukraine and arrived in Newfoundland last month says she’s not the only doctor from her country frustrated by the lack of help from the provincial government.

Maryna Sikorska says she arrived in St. John’s in June and emailed the government on July 7 saying she wanted to work and needed help, but she says she didn't receive a reply until Sunday night.

She said in a recent interview she's aware of four other physicians and one nurse from her country who have relocated to Newfoundland and feel equally stymied by a lack of communication from the government.

Michael Holden has been helping immigrants from Ukraine settle in Newfoundland and said in a recent interview he’s part of a group chat of 10 doctors from that country who are also frustrated.

He says that as the doctors were waiting to hear from the provincial government, they were being lured by Nova Scotia’s Health Department to move to that province.

Holden says Newfoundland and Labrador Health Minister Tom Osborne began contacting the doctors on Sunday after Holden posted on social media about the Ukrainian doctors' frustrations with the province.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 18, 2022.

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