Health Human Resources – Office of the Auditor General of Ontario Value for Money Audit – 10 December 2013

Posted on December 13, 2013. Filed under: Medicine, Workforce |

Health Human Resources – Office of the Auditor General of Ontario Value for Money Audit – 10 December 2013

Ontario funded and trained medical specialist graduates leaving province to practise elsewhere, Audit General says – News Release

“Many Ontario-funded and -trained medical specialist graduates leave the province for employment opportunities, at the same time as there are often lengthy waiting lists for the very surgical services they’ve been trained to perform, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk says in her 2013 Annual Report.

“It costs the province $780,000 on average to train a medical specialist, including up to five years of postgraduate residency training. But about a third of Ontario-funded graduates with surgical specialties—neurosurgeons and cardiac, orthopaedic, paediatric and general surgeons—don’t stay and practise here,” Lysyk said today following release of the Report. In the meantime, waits for some orthopaedic surgeries, for example, are as long as 326 days (forefoot) and 263 days (cervical disc) following a specialist’s assessment. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (Ministry) and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities developed the HealthForceOntario Strategy in 2005/06 to address concerns over shortages of physicians and nurses, and long wait times. The Strategy was created to ensure that Ontario maintains the right number, mix and distribution of qualified health-care providers. Total expenditures for the Strategy in 2012/13 were $738.5 million, and the Ministry has spent $3.5 billion on it over the last six years.

Overall, however, Ontario has not met its goal of having the right number, mix and distribution of health-care professionals to meet its health-care needs, despite the fact there in 2012 there were 18% more physicians than in 2005, and 10% more nurses than in 2006.”

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