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Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette’s announcement on Sunday of an annual increase in number of students registered at that time in university programs for nurse practitioners in Quebec from 100 to 270 by 2022 to improve access to care was welcomed by Lucie Tremblay, head of the Quebec Order of Nurses, media reports said.
The Couillard government had pledged in 2014 campaign to bring in 2,000 nurse practitioners by 2025, CBCNews reports said.
A post by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette in his facebook account reads,
“Another commitment made!
Very happy to have presented with my colleague Hélène David our plan to have 2000 IPS in our network of health by 2025 as well as an additional investment of $ 25 million to support the universities in their training.”
The same message is tweeted by Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec,
“Funding confirmed 2000 IPS: a step in the right direction to improve access to healthcare for the population http://bit.ly/2nkDe7m.”
Nurse practitioners were considered as providing a compensation for a shortage of access to primary health care in Quebec because as could prescribe medication and pre-natal care.
The province also planned to allocate more funds for training, scholarships, internships and salaries once the nursing students completed graduation.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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