“The last Conservative government fired 6000 nurses and closed 28 hospitals. The Liberals have shortchanged hospitals in every budget for 15 years. … We have to stop choosing between bad and worse when it comes to health care.” – Niagara, Ontario area MPP Cindy Forster
News from the Constituency Office of Welland (Niagara Centre Riding) MPP Cindy Forster
Posted March 2nd, 2018 on Niagara At Large
Niagara, Ontario – Donna Thompson, an 87-year-old Welland woman, suffered a heart attack and was rushed to Welland hospital Tuesday (February 27th), where she waited for nine hours in a wheelchair in a crowded hallway, thanks to hospital overcrowding.
Welland MPP Cindy Forster questioned Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals this March 1st at Queen’s Park about the ongoing crowding crisis and the government’s inaction.
Simmonds’ wait in the emergency department hallway – sitting upright in a wheelchair despite the heart attack and arthritis in her back – was because the hospital was so overcrowded that there were no stretchers available for her to lay down.
“Donna was in severe pain for those nine hours. She has arthritis in her back. The chair was too big, and she was stationed by the busy triage area under a phone,” said Forster.
“Hospital overcrowding is a real issue in this province, stories like Donna’s show us that – and I hear them almost every day. How can the premier continue to pretend that everything is fine in our hospitals when she is confronted with a case like Donna’s?”
Simmonds is still in the emergency ward at Welland hospital waiting to be moved to one of two possible floors for further treatment. Her daughter Leslie says that no one should have to go through what her mom went through – and Forster agreed, saying the crisis has been decades in the making, but can be fixed.
“The last Conservative government fired 6000 nurses and closed 28 hospitals. The Liberals have shortchanged hospitals in every budget for 15 years, including $300 million in this budget alone,” said Forster.
“Kathleen Wynne is carrying on the Conservative tradition of cutting health care services for Ontario families, and it has to stop. We have to stop choosing between bad and worse when it comes to health care.”
Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath has promised that an NDP government will end the hospital overcrowding crisis by ensuring funding keeps pace with inflation, population growth and the unique needs of communities.
She will stop the cuts to front-line health care workers and introduce truly universal pharmacare – a drug plan that covers everyone, regardless of age or income – which is a proactive way to keep Ontarians healthier, reducing stress on emergency rooms.
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