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Are enough professionals being trained in northern B.C.?

Plans to expand physiotherapy training in northern B.C. are on hold, and that has one of the people pushing for the program unhappy. Dr. Bert Kelly is the executive director of the Northern Medical Society, and he says the need is urgent.

"It's almost impossible," to get a physiotherapist in northern British Columbia Kelly told CBC, adding he's not sure if there are any working outside of Prince George.

Kelly sees the lack of funding for a physiotherapy program in northern B.C. as part of a larger problem of not training professionals for the north in the north.

"The professional engineers in Prince George have been trying to get an engineering program at UNBC, this is badly needed just the same as the physiotherapy program is badly needed... for better than a hundred years now we've been training professionals in the Lower Mainland hoping that they will move north, but they don't," says Kelly.  "So they have to go offshore to get people like me and my colleagues."

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