“I have nothing but the highest respect for the EMS workers, but the issue is no matter how hard they’re working, they can’t keep up with this system.” – Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates
News from the Constituency Office of Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates
Posted February 25th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
Niagara Falls, Ontario – Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates made the following statement this February 22nd on the floor of the Legislature regarding recent comments that indicate that Niagara EMS will require an additional 1.16 million dollars to cope with growing demands.
“I’d like to talk about a major issue in Niagara, and that is the EMS crisis we’re facing. Let me begin by saying I have nothing but the highest respect for the EMS workers, but the issue is no matter how hard they’re working, they can’t keep up with this system.”
“The amount of calls are increasing and spreading them thin, and the majority of these calls are seniors. Perhaps even worse, when they get to the hospital, the hospital is too packed to admit the patients they’re carrying.”
“Just yesterday (February 21st) we heard an awful story of a patient being forced to recover in a bathroom because it was the only open spot. I spoke with EMS in Niagara. They’re telling me sometimes they wait at the hospital for four hours.”
“This issue was brought before regional council and they discussed bringing this issue to the province to ask for help. I agree with them. The province has a duty and a responsibility to ensure that the residents have access to health care, which is a right in this country. That means our first responders need to have the support they need to do their jobs properly. Our EMS responders are working with Brock University and Niagara College to explore ways to make treating patients better.”
“Let’s be clear. This shouldn’t be on their backs. The province can and should lead on this. The province should make sure not one person in this province has to get care in a washroom, hallway or broom closet. They need to make sure our EMS workers aren’t overworked. Simply put, health care is a right in Ontario. That means access to health care is a right, too, and right now this government is failing to make that a priority.”
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