FSJ locum doctors to get more money

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The provincial government has announced more money for physicians willing to spend a short time in an isolated community.

The Ministry of Health announced today that it will inject $800,000 additional dollars into the Rural General Practitioner Locum Program.

Until now, physicians who did locums, or short-term stays, in isolated communities were paid the same daily rate as physicians who did locums in urban areas.

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The new funding will be used to scale up daily rates, depending on the level of isolation of the community served.

Locum doctors in Fort St. John, which is classified in the highest category of isolation, will see their daily compensation rates jump from $750 to $900.

The program also extends the maximum amount of days for a locum in Fort St. John from 28 to 43.

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