Ontario Ford Government’s Chronic Under-Funding of Emergency/Paramedic Services Puts Lives in Danger

Niagara Centre NDP MPP Jeff Burch

“Instead of providing the necessary funding to fix Ontario’s emergency services, the Ford government is busy looking for ways (of) plowing ahead with cutting and merging Ontario’s emergency services.”                                                                                  – Niagara Centre NDP MPP Jeff Burch

A News Release from Niagara Centre NDP MPP Jeff  Burch and Ottawa-Centre NDP MPP Joel Harden

Posted March 5th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

QUEEN’S PARK — NDP MPPs Jeff Burch (Niagara Centre), the Official Opposition’s Municipal Affairs critic, and Joel Harden (Ottawa Centre) warned Doug Ford (this March 4rth) that he risks putting lives in danger with his government’s cuts to critical emergency services.

Apparently members of Ontario’s Ford government and their supporters don’t need services like this given their continued record of cutting funding or under-funding them.

A new report published today by CUPE Ontario reveals that pressure on frontline paramedics is reaching a breaking point with more ‘code zero’ events where Ontarians call 911 in need of urgent medical care only to be left waiting with no ambulances available to help.

“Because of years of frozen health budgets under the Liberal government, there are more and more hospital offload delays while emergency calls skyrocket,” said Burch.

“Instead of providing the necessary funding to fix Ontario’s emergency services, the Ford government is busy looking for ways to cut. Can the premier tell us why he is plowing ahead with cutting and merging Ontario’s emergency services?,” asked Burch during Wednesday’s question period at the Ontario legislature.

Harden pointed to the dangerous situation this week in Ottawa when 19 ambulance crews were unable to respond to calls because they were stuck waiting for Ottawa General Hospital to admit patients.

“This puts Ontarians at risk. Increasingly, when they call 911 the risk is very real there will be no ambulances available,” said Harden.

“Ontario paramedics are doing their best despite chronic and dangerous under-funding. Will the premier tell front-line paramedic staff who are here today why he thinks it’s acceptable to put patients at risk like this?”

The report shows that increasing call volumes and delays at overcrowded hospitals are causing increasing shortages of ambulances in municipalities across Ontario.

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4 responses to “Ontario Ford Government’s Chronic Under-Funding of Emergency/Paramedic Services Puts Lives in Danger

  1. Has this guy ever considered how to balance a budget?

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  2. James Vanderburgh

    A very simple and cost effective solution would be to ask all new professional fire fighters to become educated as paramedics as well! This would allow them to become multi taskers like the rest of us and fill some of their downtime! Multi taskng is the norm in today’s world!

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  3. Gary Screaton Page

    My response is short and to the point. Some EMS vehicles now take up to 15 minutes or more to arrive. That time delay can be fatal. I bet Mr. Ford will get an ambulance much sooner. What else can this man break?

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  4. Canada is not good at finding simple and cos-effective solutions. Unions would find such a solution.

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