County to look abroad for health care workers?

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The shortage of health care workers is getting so bad that Renfrew County plans to look for help further afield – much further afield.

The county’s health committee has received a recommendation from its director of long-term care to hire up to 20 personal support workers through an international recruitment firm.

Director Mike Blackmore is asking the county to enter into an agreement with Contak Staffing Solutions to hire the PSWs through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

In his report to the committee, Blackmore said the cost would be an average of $7,800 per candidate, “subject to variance in airfare charges,” for a total of approximately $156,000.

In his report, Blackmore noted that “health human resources” has been a longstanding focus for a wide range of health care providers “both locally and abroad.”

“The pandemic has hit the long- term care sector particularly hard, exponentially exacerbating the paucity of staffing resources,” Blackmore said…

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