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Nova Scotia to boost Cape Breton medical training facilities

Nova Scotia to boost Cape Breton medical training facilities

SYDNEY, N.S. — The Government of Nova Scotia has announced it is spending $58.9 million to help develop the new medical campus at Cape Breton University (CBU) in Sydney, N.S.

The facilities will include a new medical sciences building, a new collaborative care clinic at the Nova Scotia Community College Marconi campus and the expansion of CBU’s current Nancy Dingwall Health and Counselling Centre, stated a release.

The new medical sciences building will house educational and research space. Besides traditional disciplines, doctors will be trained in rural health needs such as aging, frailty and disease prevention as well as Indigenous health and African Nova Scotian health. 

The new health and counselling centre will address increased demand for health care in the student population, the government stated. The spending includes $49 million for infrastructure, $6.2 million for the new clinic and $3.7 million to expand the health and counselling centre.

The campus will train 30 new doctors every year in collaboration with Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine with plans to open by the fall of 2025.

“Families across Cape Breton and our rural communities need more family doctors and we know the best way to meet that need is to train more of them here and do more to ensure that the ones who graduate here, practice here,” said Premier Tim Houston in a statement.


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