‘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
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.
“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
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: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-hospital-hallway-medicine-healthcare-beyond-capacity-1.5420434
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