Aglukkaq questioned on boarding home, escorts and foreign nurses

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Mold found last month at the Lena Pedersen Boarding Home in Yellowknife, which serves patients from Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region, is being dealt with, health minister Leona Aglukkaq told legislators.

The boarding home is being inspected regularly, she said.

The contract for the home has two years remaining — the health department, she said, is reviewing its options for what it will do with the boarding home when the contract expires.

Akulliq MLA Steve Mapsalak wanted Aglukkaq to explain how decisions are made about which patients heading for treatment outside Nunavut qualify for escorts. Aglukaaq said the decisions are made on a “case by case” basis, although a “central person” in the health department then sees whether the GN’s patient escort policy is being followed.

Rankin Inlet North MLA Tagak Curley asked whether the GN was paying international nurses who failed a nursing exam to qualify them for practice.

“I believe” they’re not being put on the territorial payroll until they are able to pass the exam, Aglukkaq said. This was later confirmed to the MLAs.

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