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Opposition says Manitoba government breaking promise of doctors for all

WINNIPEG — Manitoba's Opposition says the government is not fulfilling a promise it made in 2010 to provide a family doctor for everyone by the end of this year.

The NDP government is now saying everyone will have access to a doctor or nurse practitioner.

The Progressive Conservatives say the government has broken its word and has failed to address doctor shortages in many parts of the province.

Tory health critic Myrna Driedger says doctors perform services that nurse practitioners cannot, and she hears from many people who are frustrated with a lack of access.

Health Minister Sharon Blady says some people prefer nurse practitioners to physicians and the government has simply expanding its promise.

The Canadian Press

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