Dr. Andrew Furey officially entered the race to replace Dwight Ball as leader of the provincial Liberal party and Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Douglas Gaulton)

Newfoundland and Labrador's medical association is urging party leaders this election campaign to address a long-standing doctor shortage across the province.

In a news release Monday, the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association said there are 90,000 people in the province without a family doctor.

The association says it is looking for a commitment from each party to improve access to primary care and to retain more graduates from the medical school at Memorial University in St. John's.

Liberal Leader Andrew Furey spoke to some of the association's concerns on Monday, saying his wife is a primary care doctor and in his work as a surgeon, he also saw the gaps in care.

He said his government is committed to filling those gaps.

The Liberals, Progressive Conservatives and NDP are all expected to release more of their platforms in the coming days.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 19, 2021.