McGuinty Liberals Adding More Family Doctors

    New Liberal Ad Features Change That's Working

    TORONTO, Aug. 7 /CNW/ - In a new ad being aired by the McGuinty Liberals,
Doctor Cyrus Salimi speaks about how the Ontario government has helped
internationally trained doctors find work as physicians.
    Dr. Salimi came to Canada in 1994. Like many newcomers, although he was a
doctor in his home country, Salimi had difficulty finding opportunity in
Ontario. Under the Conservatives, International Medical Graduate (IMG)
training spots remained stagnant for five years.
    "The Liberal government did a better job," says Salimi in the ad. "And
now the International Medical Doctors don't experience as much difficulty that
I've experienced in those years."
    The McGuinty government is bringing more doctors to Ontario by helping
IMGs find opportunity here. HealthForceOntario is providing the right number
and mix of health care providers, working in communities across the province
to meet our health needs now and in the future. In 2006, Ontario licensed
2,961 doctors: the most in Ontario's history.
    There has been a 62 per cent increase - from 90 spots to 200 - in IMGs
studying in their first year of post-graduate family medicine training. The
McGuinty government surpassed its own targets when it offered a record 218
positions to foreign trained doctors in 2006.
    There are 750 new IMGs practicing since 2003. For the past three years,
most of the licenses issued in Ontario were to foreign-trained doctors.
    Opportunity for IMGs is just one part of the McGuinty government's
strategy to increase the number of doctors in Ontario, which also includes:

    -   Opening a new, Northern medical school - the first new medical school
        in Ontario in more than 30 years
    -   Increased undergraduate medical school spots by 23 percent and
        created four new satellite medical schools in Mississauga, Waterloo,
        St. Catharines and Windsor
    -   More than doubled the number of training and assessment positions
        available each year for International Medical Graduates from 90 to
    -   Increased family medicine training positions by 70 per cent. This
        will lead to 337 additional family doctors in practice by 2008;
    -   Given 500,000 more Ontarians access to a family doctor as a result of
        investments and our work with Ontario's doctors.

    The television ads were paid for by the Ontario Liberal Party and can be
found online at

For further information:

For further information: Ben Chin, (416) 358-6291

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