Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates Responds to “Shocking” Overcrowding Stats at Greater Niagara Gneral Hospital (GNGH) Site

‘For 181 days between January to June of 2019, the Greater Niagara General Hospital Site was over 100% capacity for 176 days.’

(And that is just one hospital site. What about the other hospitals  in Niagara and neighbouring regions?)

News from the Constituency Office of Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates

Posted January 23rd, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates

QUEEN’S PARK, Ontario – Wayne Gates, NDP MPP for Niagara Falls, responded to a report from CBC news that over the course of 181 days in 2019, the GNGH Niagara Falls Site was over 100% capacity for 176 days.

“I’m shocked but not surprised to see that number – residents have been letting this government know for years that this hospital is chronically overcrowded and underserviced,” said Gates. “These stats should be a slap in the face to the government, Ford’s government has the ability to provide that care – so what are they waiting for? What other stats do they need to see before they act?”

The report showed that for 181 days between January to June of 2019, the Greater Niagara General Hospital Site was over 100% capacity for 176 days.

“They have the numbers right there in front of them now, they can’t deny it. We’re facing a healthcare crisis in Niagara. So enough with the denial and let’s get to business.

The Greater Niagara General Hospital site in Niagara Falls, Ontario

“We need immediate supports and funding for this site to remove the overcrowding and end the situation where patients are being cared for in bathrooms, boardrooms and hallways.

“From there, we need an immediate plan to get shovels in the ground for our new hospital so people can have access to state of the art care when they need it,” said Gates.

“Our community is expanding as new families enter it and at the same time we have a rapidly increasing population of seniors. Both of those groups need access to decent healthcare.”

Now here is a Response to these Hospital Wait Stats for Hospitals Across the Province from Ontario’s NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

QUEEN’S PARK, Ontario — In response to reporting by CBC on shocking hallway medicine statistics, Andrea Horwath, Leader Official Opposition New Democrats, released the following statement:

“After two years of the Ford government, we’ve seen hallway medicine go from bad to worse, and people are suffering.

CBC’s reporting describes what so many families have experienced. Long waits in pain and worry. Nights spent on a gurney in a hallway with no privacy, no washroom and no call bell. Health care workers run off their feet, struggling to deliver the care they know people deserve.

Doug Ford has squeezed health care funding to below inflation, and siphoned off dollars to pay for his new health superagency. My message to Mr. Ford is that you can’t cut your way to better health care.”

The CBC report can be found here:

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2 responses to “Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates Responds to “Shocking” Overcrowding Stats at Greater Niagara Gneral Hospital (GNGH) Site

  1. When the new Niagara Falls hospital is built will it have the same effect the new St. Catharines hospital had when it opened: namely the closing of hospital beds in the other sites?


  2. Why was Gates shocked? I’ve been retired for ten years and it had already gone on for a decade even then! Do people have their heads in a box? I presented this case to Andrea Horwath in a speech at a public hearing ten years ago. To her credit, she was the only provincial politician there and I know she did bring it up at Queen’s Park.

    Hallway medicine was always bad but with Ford’s cuts it can only get worse. If you don’t have enough of something already, why would you reduce it even more? Most of the people stuck in halls are not there due to acute illnesses but elderly folks awaiting long term care beds that just aren’t available is spite of our aging population. That will only get worse. Considering that Ontario is the economic engine of the country, there are fewer beds per capita than any other province.

    I remember people in store rooms with no accessibility to emergency equipment if something went wrong. No suction to clear a patient’s airway. What if someone had a cardiac arrest in a closet or anteroom? Staff couldn’t even get in let alone necessary equipment. They would have to use portable oxygen tanks and haul in monitors or a defibrillator or alternately drag the patient on a stretcher through the hall past other patients (stressing them out) and evict someone else from an appropriate room to treat the emergency.

    They had to share a bathroom with a dozen other people. A great way to spread disease. On top of that they cut cleaning staff. What could possibly go wrong? One result was the C Difficile outbreak in Niagara that killed several people. Those in hallways had no privacy and lots of noise and commotion. Doesn’t everyone want to have a bowel movement on a bedpan in a hall surrounded by other patients and visitors? My butt would clamp shut like a vice! Not very restful at the time you need it most.

    Stretchers in the halls block access and exit during emergencies. This is against FIRE CODES!

    The new St Catharines hospital has fewer beds than the two that it replaced and is far from central for easy access but it has a lovely lobby and a Tim Horton’s! WOW! I don’t care if the lobby is pretty and has a piano, give me a clean room with a toilet. Try to find parking. You can drive for a half hour trying to find a spot.

    Not to be a conspiracy theorist but my view has been for years that insurance companies are lobbying our politicians to create a two tier system. Make ours second rate so people will get fed up. If they have the cash they’ll go for private coverage and big insurance can get their foot in the door. $$$$$$$$$. This is also happening in the UK. I guess they think we’re too stupid to realize it.

    Don’t automatically blame the staff. Most are doing what they can considering what they have to work with while others are burned out or have simply given up.


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