Premier Greg Selinger said today an NDP government would hire 200 more doctors over the next four years.

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Premier Greg Selinger said today an NDP government would hire 200 more doctors over the next four years.

At the same time, Selinger and Health Minister Theresa Oswald said they would also recruit 50 more physician assistants over the same period.

The plan would cost $77.3 million each year.

Selinger also attacked the Progressive Conservatives' health care plan released Tuesday.

Selinger said the plan was made "on the back of a napkin" as the PCs haven't budgetted enough money to support their hiring of more doctors and nurses.

"It's a fairy-tale plan," a combative Selinger said. "It's totally fictional."

Selinger said the PCs could eliminate all the health authorities in the province all still not have enough money to pay for their promises.

"The number they put out yesterday doesn't add up," he said. "Yes, it's an aggressive tone, but it's an important issue."

In response, the Tories said in a statement Selinger’s election promise on more doctors might have "some small validity" if it weren’t a repeat of a past announcement.

"Since then he has passed a budget and 52 bills, but has done nothing to get moving on this ‘priority’," the statement said.

The PCs have promised to hire 2,165 front-line health care workers over the next six years at a cost of $118 million per year.

"The Manitoba PC plan to balance the budget by 2018 will ensure there are sufficient resources to fund public services just like this while providing sensible tax relief to Manitoba families," the statement said.