Even more Hampton Hypocrisy: NDP cut medical school spaces led to doctor shortage



    TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - Today, Howard Hampton's NDP demonstrated their
hypocritical selective amnesia when talking about the supply of doctors in
Ontario.
    After all, it was Howard Hampton at the cabinet table and the NDP who cut
medical school spaces by 13% or 76 spots.
    If those spots had never been cut, Ontario would have over 500 more
doctors today. What's worse: the NDP make no commitment in their election
platform to increase medical school spaces.
    Here's what the Ontario Medical Association has to say about the cause of
the doctor shortage:

    
       "As the OMA predicted at the time, 10 years later this decision itself
       bears much of the blame for the current shortage of all types of
       physicians in Ontario, including the one million patients who do not
       have access to a family physician."
          -  OMA President, November 10, 2004 (National Post)
    

    The NDP also cut $268 million out of hospitals, and cut $315 million out
of OHIP services. They cut community mental health services by over $65
million, cut drug benefits by almost $47 million and delisted 380 drugs.
    And, Statistics Canada figures show that Ontario lost 3,000 nurses during
the NDP years.
    By contrast, there are now 500,000 more Ontarians with a family doctor
today than there were in 2003. And Ontario Liberals have a plan to help
another 500,000 Ontarians find a family doctor. The numbers speak for
themselves.
    There are 1,253 more doctors in Ontario today than in 2003, a 5.8%
increase, with new doctors outpacing population growth for the first time in a
decade. (Source: Ontario Physician Human Resources Data Centre)
    Ontario Liberals have increased medical school spaces by 23% and plan to
add another 100 new spaces over the next four years. In 2003 there were 533
doctors graduating per year, by 2012 there will be 1,026 new doctors
graduating every year.
    And, we are hiring 8,000 new nurses, and have plans to hire 9,000 more
and a job guarantee for new nursing graduates.
    Ontario Liberals have produced real results. Howard Hampton's NDP have
produced real hypocrisy.




For further information:

For further information: Ben Chin, (416) 961-3800 ext. 412,
ben_chin@ontarioliberal.ca

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