John Tory pledges action on doctor shortage

    Tory will fight to bring doctors to rural underserviced communities

    KINGSTON, ON, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader was
in Eastern Ontario today discussing his plan to fight the doctor shortage
crisis facing the province today. Tory criticized Dalton McGuinty's lack of
results, which has left even more Ontarians without a family doctor than when
the McGuinty Liberals took office.
    "If you live in a medium-sized city, small town or rural Ontario
community - the loss of one or two doctors has a dramatic impact on the entire
community and its quality of life," Tory said. "Not only has Dalton McGuinty
done nothing for all of these families without doctors over his four years in
power, he now has the gall to take credit for fixing the problem."
    Tory emphasized his commitment to taking action on the doctor shortage.
As part of this plan, a John Tory PC Government will invest an additional
$400 million annually by 2011-12 to retain and recruit doctors and nurses.
    Tory spent the day visiting a number of doctor-starved communities,
meeting with residents and discussing the ripple effects that occur as a
result of the shortage. He talked about the dire situation in Eastern Ontario,
where only 1 in 25 doctors are accepting new patients, the lowest proportion
in the province.

    Today, Tory will make stops in:

    -   Kingston, where over 1 in 6 people do not have a family doctor;
    -   Peterborough, where many people without family doctors are forced to
        go to the local emergency room, causing it to be one of the busiest
        in the province; and
    -   Cobourg, where 92-year-old Etta Young has had to advertise in the
        local newspaper to try to find a doctor.

    "Ontario deserves a higher standard of leadership than this. People
deserve real ideas, backed up by real action and real investments - driven by
real leadership," Tory said.

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