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McGuinty Government Delivering Better Health Care To Northern Ontario

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McGuinty Government Delivering Better Health Care To Northern Ontario

New Medical School Helps Improve Access, Tackle Doctor Shortage

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THUNDER BAY -- Ontario's new medical school will help deliver better health care to northern Ontario by improving access to services and tackling the doctor shortage, Premier Dalton McGuinty said today.

"Better health care is a key priority of our government," said Premier McGuinty. "This new medical school will help deliver better health care to northern Ontarians, when they need it -- and where they need it -- closer to home."

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine -- the first new medical school in Canada in more than 30 years -- will accept 56 undergraduate students in fall 2005. This first class of doctors is expected to graduate in 2009. The medical school will have full campuses at Laurentian University in Sudbury and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.

"This new school means northern Ontarians won't have to travel long distances to get the treatment they need and Aboriginal communities will have better access to health care like vaccinations for children and prenatal care," said Premier McGuinty. "It also means medical students from the north can study in the north, beginning their careers in their home communities."

The Premier, speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the school's Lakehead University campus, said the opening of this new school was part of the government's commitment to improving health care in Ontario.

"We're committed to improving primary care, lowering wait times for important procedures like cancer treatment and cardiac care, and increasing community, home and long-term care."

"We have a historic opportunity to make Ontario's health care system responsive today and sustain medicare for future generations."

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