Ottawa, Nunavut sign $36M deal to improve health care services in territory

Iqaluit, Nunavut -Nunavut and the federal government are spending nearly $36 million to improve access to health care in the territory. The agreement, announced in Iqaluit, is to increase the number of Inuit working in health care. It is to help recruit and retain nurses and to assist remote communities in determining their health-care needs. The deal is also to improve obstetric and addiction services. Ottawa has committed $23.6 million to the three-year program, with the remaining funding coming from the territory. A separate agreement will see the federal government contribute $12 million more to expand long-term care and home care in the territory. “These agreements … mean better care for the people who live here, in their communities,” federal Health Minister Mark Holland said Tuesday. “Nunavut has its own unique…

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