April 20, 2012
On Tuesday, April 17, 2012, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) welcomed the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism and MP for the Alberta riding of Calgary Southeast.
Minister Kenney held a media conference at LHSC’s Victoria Hospital where he made a special announcement on behalf of the Government of Canada regarding proposed changes to the selection of skilled immigrants, including health care professionals and internationally trained physicians wishing to practice in Canada.
“At LHSC we are currently recruiting for many physicians in fields where the supply falls short of the demand across Canada,” says Dr. Robin Walker, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Medical Education at LHSC. “For example, we need more physicians in infectious diseases, a specialty with a relatively small number of physicians in Canada yet incredibly important to helping us prevent and treat the broad range of infections that are growing increasingly resistant to treatment.”
“Improving access to care is a priority at LHSC and we look forward to learning more details about this announcement as we look for strategies to address the shortage of health care professionals and physicians in many specialist areas,” says Bonnie Adamson, LHSC President and Chief Executive Officer.
LHSC President and CEO Bonnie Adamson (centre) is joined by, from left: Ed Holder, MP London West; Dr. Robin Walker, LHSC Vice President of Medical Affairs and Medical Education; the Honourable Minister Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism and MP for the Alberta riding of Calgary Southeast; and Susan Truppe, MP London North Centre.