NDP trumpets higher nursing numbers

CBC News, March 7, 2007 Manitoba's health minister says it has taken years, but the NDP government has finally restored the number of nurses working in the province to levels matching those before the Conservative cuts in the 1990s. Health Minister Theresa Oswald says the latest numbers from the province's three colleges representing nurses - the College of Registered Nurses, the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses, and the College of Licensed Practical Nurses - show Manitoba now has 15,681 nurses. When the Conservatives were in office in the 1990s, they phased out nursing positions on the advice of a US consultant, Oswald said, leading to a decade-long nursing shortage. ... NDP