Locum program stretched to September 

By Rosalind Russell – The province is extending a program that helps rural and northern hospitals avoid temporary Emergency Room closures for another six months.

The Canadian Press reports the Temporary Locum Program, which came about during the Pandemic, will continue to be in effect until the end of September.

It was set to expire at the end of the month.

The program pays doctors a premium as an incentive to help fill shifts in hospitals.

The province says it’s working on a permanent solution alongside the Ontario Medical Association.

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