Government decision to cut residency spots short-sighted: Ontario’s Doctors
Toronto, ON, July 31, 2015 – At a time when there are more than 800,000 Ontarians without a family doctor and 140,000 new people are added to the province each year, the Ontario government has decided to cut 25 residency positions across Ontario...
Government decision to cut residency spots short-sighted: Ontario’s Doctors
Toronto, ON, July 31, 2015 – At a time when there are more than 800,000 Ontarians without a family doctor and 140,000 new people are added to the province each year, the Ontario government has decided to cut 25 residency positions across Ontario...
August 3, 2015

Toronto, ON, July 31, 2015 – At a time when there are more than 800,000 Ontarians without a family doctor and 140,000 new people are added to the province each year, the Ontario government has decided to cut 25 residency positions across Ontario in 2016 and another 25 in 2017.

This means even though we have unmet needs currently in the system, plus a growing and aging population who will require more complex care in the years to come there will be fewer physicians trained in Ontario to meet those needs and provide that care.

In the early 1990s medical school enrolment was cut and as a result we began this century with a doctor shortage in Ontario where hundreds of thousands of people didn't have a family doctor, and wait times to see a specialist or for surgery were far too long. Ontarians can expect more of the same as a result of this action.

Ontario's doctors believe that is irresponsible and unacceptable.

Earlier this year, the government imposed a number of unilateral changes and cuts on Ontario's doctors - many of which make Ontario a less attractive place to practice - but to reduce the number of doctors trained to care for Ontarians at a time when we need more doctors not less is a short-sighted decision that will impact patients for years to come.

We believe this move is based purely on fiscal considerations and not the health care needs of Ontarians.
Ontario's doctors put patients first - it's time the government did the same.

Dr. Mike Toth
President
Ontario Medical Association