12/19/2011 11:04 EST | Updated 02/18/2012 05:12 EST

Saskatchewan doctor says study suggesting glut of doctors misleading

REGINA - People in Saskatchewan struggling to recruit doctors likely aren’t pleased with a new study that suggests Canada could be heading for a glut of doctors.

The study from the Canadian Institute for Health Information says the number of practising doctors across Canada is at an all-time high at about 70,000.

In Saskatchewan, there's been a struggle to recruit doctors, especially in rural areas.

Dr. Phillip Fourie with the Saskatchewan Medical Association says the study is more of a generalization.

He says there are some specialities where there is an oversupply of doctors.

But he says when it comes to general specialists and family physicians, there is still a shortage, especially in rural areas.

Fourie says that doesn’t mean we should train fewer doctors.

“That’s a mistake that was made in the 1990s and that mistake led to the shortage of physicians that we have now,” he said.

Fourie says it’s important to have a higher rate of doctors than the population is growing, otherwise we'd always be short.