11/01/2012 05:20 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Saskatchewan health delegation heading to India to boost doctor numbers

REGINA - Saskatchewan is hoping to boost the number of doctors in the province by recruiting physicians from India.

A delegation of health officials from the province is travelling to India on Nov. 16 to recruit family physicians for the first time.

Ed Mantler, the CEO of the doctor recruitment agency Saskdocs, says India trains about 40,000 doctors each year at many different medical schools.

Mantler says the province has researched the schools to see which ones have programs that would give the doctors the right qualifications to work in Canada.

The plan is to meet with hundreds of doctors.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan says a second delegation would then return to India next June to hopefully offer jobs to 30 doctors.