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
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
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
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
Followed by some facts:
- The number of Ontarians without a family doctor in 2003 was one
- The number of Ontarians without a family doctor in 2007 is one
- 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.
For further information:
For further information: Michelle Pennell, (416) 325-9109