The federal government announced Wednesday that it plans to spend $4.5 million to train rural doctors in our province. The money will be spread out over the next six years, and will add 16 spots at MUN for family residents. The students will be given specialized training in small community medicine in various rural communities throughout the province. “It’s clear that we need more doctors serving rural areas in all parts of our country, including places within Newfoundland and Labrador,” Senator Fabian Manning said in St. John’s. “There are hundreds of small towns scattered around this beautiful province, and getting to and from those towns is difficult at the best of times.” The money is part of a bigger $40-million federal program to put more doctors in rural areas across Canada.