Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Government to Train More Family Doctors to Ease ER Pressures

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Manitoba Government to Train More Family Doctors to Ease ER Pressures

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Manitoba government to train more doctors

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WINNIPEG - Manitoba will add more family doctors every year -- starting this fall -- in one of a series of measures designed to ease pressure on clogged hospital emergency rooms over the next five years.

Premier Greg Selinger led a delegation of MLAs and senior health care officials Wednesday in the announcement to jump-start the health care system.

The goal is to ensure patients not only have doctors to see but that they'll been seen by a doctor or a nurse practitioner within 48 hours of calling for an appointment.

The promise was a major plank in the NDP's platform in last fall's election campaign.

Selinger said adding more training positions for doctors is a key to making good on the promise.

In addition to new training positions for family doctors, the province is rolling out three new training positions for nurse practitioners this fall.

These professionals can prescribe some prescriptions and provide basic services. …

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