06/23/2015 04:25 EDT | Updated 06/23/2016 05:59 EDT

Saskatchewan recruiting more foreign physicians to practise in rural areas

SASKATOON - The Saskatchewan government says physicians recruited from outside of Canada are helping to ease the demand for family doctors in rural areas.

The government says 15 new doctors are practising in Saskatchewan thanks to a program that assesses the abilities of people who have graduated from foreign medical schools.

Another 11 graduates are being reviewed and could begin practising family medicine in communities later this summer.

Dr. Dennis Kendel, CEO of the Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan, also known as saskdocs, says the physician shortage is no longer a crisis.

But he says recruitment continues for doctors in Canada and internationally.

The government says it is also making progress keeping more locally-trained family medicine graduates in the province. (CJWW, The Canadian Press)