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McGuinty Government Tackling Doctor Shortage

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McGuinty Government Tackling Doctor Shortage

New Medical School A Real, Positive Change For Northern Communities

Office of the Premier

SUDBURY -- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today said his government is helping tackle the doctor shortage and improving access to health care in northern communities by building the Northern Ontario Medical School.

"Our government is committed to its goal of healthy Ontarians in a healthy Ontario," said Premier McGuinty. "This new medical school is a real, positive change that will help tackle the doctor shortage."

The first new medical school in Ontario in more than 30 years, the Northern Ontario Medical School will accept 56 undergraduate students in fall 2005. By 2008, it will have a total of 224 undergraduate students and by 2012 it will have 205 postgraduate students. The medical school will have full campuses at Laurentian University in Sudbury and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.

"This new medical school will ensure that bright, young medical students from the north can study in the north and build their careers in the communities they call home," said Premier McGuinty.

"This is truly a historic occasion. By working together, northerners have created a medical school that's designed to meet the needs of northern communities," said Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Northern Development and Mines. "Our government is committed to achieving the results that will make a real difference to the quality of life for people in northern Ontario."

Premier McGuinty, together with Minister Bartolucci, participated in a groundbreaking ceremony to begin construction of the medical school's campus at Laurentian University. He spoke about his commitment to focusing on the priorities -- such as health care -- that matter most to Ontarians.

"Our government is focused on delivering the results that Ontarians want and need, including improved access to care in their communities," said Premier McGuinty.

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