Smitherman's four years of running on the spot



    Just because he's moving it doesn't mean he's going anywhere

    QUEEN'S PARK, June 21 /CNW/ - Having already been caught running a
multi-million dollar false advertising campaign and running a wait times
website with numbers that couldn't be trusted, George Smitherman is at it
again.
    Today, Smitherman is claiming a "major achievement" when it comes to
access to family doctors. But a closer look at the facts reveals that
Smitherman has succeeded only in confusing talk with results.

    
    First, some definitions:

        major/adj., n., & v. - adj. 1 important, large, serious, significant
        (a major road; a major war; the major consideration must be their
        health).
        achievement/n. 1 something achieved. 2 a the act of achieving. b an
        instance of this.
        achieve/v. 1 tr. a reach or attain by effort (achieved victory). b
        acquire, gain, earn (achieved notoriety). 2 tr. accomplish or carry
        out (a feat or task). 3 intr. be successful; attain a desired level
        of performance.

    Then some review:

        Smitherman press release, June 21, 2007 - "about one million
        Ontarians are currently without a family doctor."
        Liberal party platform, March 2003 - "The Ontario Medical Association
        estimates that our severe doctor shortage affects nearly one million
        people."

    Followed by some facts:

    -   The number of Ontarians without a family doctor in 2003 was one
        million
    -   The number of Ontarians without a family doctor in 2007 is one
        million
    -   The number of areas designated as underserviced for family doctors
        was 122 in 2003
    -   The number of areas designated as underserviced for family doctors is
        138 in 2007
    -   The percentage of doctors accepting new patients was 20.2% in 2003
    -   The percentage of doctors accepting new patients was 9.6% in 2006.
    

    Major achievement? Not by a long shot.





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