09/13/2011 03:24 EDT | Updated 01/12/2012 02:23 EST

Manitoba Tory leader ready to bolster health-care front lines

WINNIPEG - Manitoba Conservative Leader Hugh McFadyen (mick-FAH'-din) is promising more front-line health-care workers if his party wins the Oct. 4 election.

McFadyen says he would provide funding to hire 2,165 new nurses, doctors, physician assistants and other workers if he were premier.

McFadyen says he would also ensure nurses and doctors would have seats on regional health boards.

And a Tory government would ensure that regional health authorities held meetings open to the public.

McFadyen says the NDP government has failed to end hallway medicine after 12 years in power.