Recruitment of retired doctors, nurses set to begin as fears of COVID-19 patient surge build

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As fears of COVID-19 overwhelming health-care resources grow, medical authorities are to begin recruiting retired doctors and nurses.

The Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons said it expects to email letters to doctors on a list of almost 300 recently retired practitioners this week.

“We’re working with Alberta Health Services to get a better idea of what their needs are,” said spokeswoman Jessica McPhee.

“We’re just putting the finishing touches on this letter and it’ll be going out on Wednesday.”

To ensure their expertise is current, the physicians targeted will be those who’ve retired in the past two years.

A number of retired doctors have already expressed interest in joining the fray against COVID-19.

“We’re incredibly grateful for their willingness to come out of retirement and they’ll be hearing from us quite shortly,” said McPhee.

Those physicians, she said, will be screened for possible vulnerabilities such as pre-existing conditions.

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