The province says there are nearly 900 more physicians working in the province than in 2007. Health Minister Jim Reiter says, since the Sask Party came into office in 2007, physician recruitment and retention has been a priority. Over that same time frame, he says the number of pediatricians practising in the province has increased by 98 per cent. The number of pediatricians has been a sore point for the government since a recent report showed Saskatchewan needs just under 28 general pediatricians and 42 pediatric physicians by 2022-23 to meet the demands of the medical system. Opposition Leader Ryan Meili says we see good quality graduates coming out of our medical programs ready to work, but the provincial government doesn’t make the positions available so we lose them to other provinces. Reiter also points to the number of general practitioners and specialists working in the province. He says there has been a 43 per cent increase in GPs over the past 10 year and the number of specialists is up by 62 per cent.