Purpose of SRI
The Specialist Retention Initiative (SRI) is
designed to encourage physicians to maintain services in areas of marked undersupply, and
to discourage specialists who provide rare subspecialty services from leaving the
province, because of thresholds.
The SRI is a transitional program intended to
assist while physicians are recruited so that undersupplied conditions are eliminated or
reduced. As a condition of enrolment, physicians must agree to assist in recruiting
additional physicians to their areas. Recruitment will allow the physician to adjust
his/her practice pattern by, for example, reallocating patients to their colleagues to
avoid or minimize the effects of future threshold reductions.
Applications must be received by the Ministry of
Health at the address noted below by March 1, 2000, to be eligible for consideration.
Applicants are responsible for delivery of all required documents to the ministry and must
use registered mail, Priority Post or courier with signed receipt. Applications received
after deadline will not be considered.
All physicians who wish to renew their enrolment
in SRI must submit an application, including all required documentation as well as
evidence of their efforts to satisfy the recruitment provision of their SRI agreement.
Demonstration of recruitment efforts will be an important consideration in determining
whether applicants will be re-admitted to SRI.