Canada sees surge in new doctors

OTTAWA, Aug. 7 (UPI) — This summer has seen a surge of nearly 2,500 medical doctors beginning hospital residencies in Canada, where officials say there is a doctor shortage.The Canadian Resident Matching Service said of the 2,478 residents, 353 graduated from medical schools outside Canada, which is a record since foreign restrictions were eased last year, the Canwest News Service reported.

However, citing the National Physician Survey, Dr. Brian Day, president of the Canadian Medical Association, told Canwest the spike in new residents is “not enough” to alleviate a shortage of physicians.

The survey says more than 4,000 doctors are expected to retire or otherwise stop practicing by 2010 and current medical school enrollment and graduation rates aren’t keeping up. Day also said he had concerns about foreign-trained doctors.

“I think it’s wrong for us to go and actively recruit in Third World countries, because they need their doctors more than we do,” he told Canwest.

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