Thank you very much.
Thank you for joining us today to answer all of these questions that we have.
My questions are going to focus on Report 4 right now. It is a huge concern for me to see that essential services, while they are defined appropriately by Health Canada, are certainly not delivered appropriately in terms of ensuring that adequate facilities exist in these remote areas, and ensuring that the human resources on the ground—in this case, the nurses in particular—have the adequate training they require.
It is a huge concern, and I would like to note that the clinical process in northern Canada is not a new process to me. I have six remote clinical facilities in the riding I represent, and five semi-remote facilities, all staffed by nursing staff, so I understand the additional training that is required for those nurses to deliver on the responsibilities and essential services they are required to do.
My question has to do with the high turnover rate we see in the staffing in many of these clinics. What is the contributing factor to that high turnover rate? Why aren't the nurses who are placed in these positions given the appropriate training upon accepting the positions? I would like to know what rationale and explanation are given for that.