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CTV Regina
Published Wednesday, October 12, 2011 10:51AM CST

The Saskatchewan NDP has announced a multi-million dollar health platform that includes new medical clinics, more doctors and improved access to health care in rural areas.

The plan, which was unveiled in Saskatoon on Wednesday, includes the creation of 100 new health-care clinics over 10 years, with 30 clinics being built in the first term of government.

It also includes $20 million in spending to recruit more doctors and a "community access hospitals model," where nurses and emergency medical staff operate rural hospitals to keep their doors open.

NDP Leader Dwain Lingenfelter says wait times are "excessive" and services aren't accessible enough.

The NDP's health platform also includes:

• $6 million additional funding for emergency room staffing and equipment

• Funding for surgical and diagnostic care centres in smaller Saskatchewan cities

• The Saskatchewan Physicians Corps – a pool of physicians ready to aid community access hospitals and be deployed as locum physicians in centres needing support

• $2.5 million per year for midwifery services throughout the province's health regions

• $2.5 million per year to increase speech and occupational therapists

• A 25 per cent increase in funding for childhood disabilities programming and equipment for children with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and other conditions

• Reinstatement of chiropractic care coverage

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NDP leader Dwain Lingenfelter outlines the health plan in Saskatoon on Wednesday.

NDP leader Dwain Lingenfelter outlines the health plan in Saskatoon on Wednesday.

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