September 15, 2008 08:51 ET

Layton Outlines Plan to Train More Doctors

"Time to address the issue of 5 million Canadians without a doctor"

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 15, 2008) - New Democrat Leader Jack Layton blasted Stephen Harper today saying the Prime Minister is the "wrong leader on health care."

"Your family deserves a Prime Minister who will take health care seriously, and put you and your family first," said Layton.

The New Democrat Leader outlined a plan to directly address the fact that five million Canadians don't have access to a family doctor. Layton said the New Democrats will commit an average of $200 million a year toward a program to phase in the following goals:

- A 50% increase in the number of doctors being trained (1,200 additional a year).

- A 50% increase in the number of nurses being trained (6,000 additional).

- Forgiving student loans for graduating health care professionals who commit the first ten years of their practice to family medicine.

- Working with the provinces and territories to finally fix Canada's foreign credentials system.

Layton cited the historic work of New Democrats like Tommy Douglas, and former Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow as examples of the kind of strong leadership that built Canada's medicare system, and that is required to ensure that "everyone should have a family doctor - in an effective, well-managed, strong, public, health care system."

Contact Information

  • NDP Press Office: 613-236-3613 x 2833
    For Campaign 2008 Leader's Tour related requests ONLY:
    Karl Belanger, Press Secretary to Jack Layton,
    613-720-6463 (karl@ndp.ca)