An Open Letter from Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates to Ontario Premier Doug Ford
Posted July 26th, 2022 on Niagara At Large
RE: Immediate action required to meet Niagara’s health needs
‘I am writing today (this July 26th, 2022) regarding the alarming closure of emergency rooms across Ontario. As you well know, in the last COVID wave Niagara was allowed to be under-resourced which led to the unacceptable decision to cease services at Douglas Memorial Urgent Care in Fort Erie. Today’s urgent letter is a request to avert that situation from occurring again.
I am writing today to ask you to immediately direct Ministry of Health staff to connect with Niagara Health, assess the staffing situation in Niagara and take measures immediately to ensure that the people of Fort Erie are not once again left without their urgent care centre. I am also requesting your offices ensure the people of Fort Erie will not lose their healthcare services again.
When Douglas Memorial was ordered to close in 2021, a fast-growing town of over 32,000 residents was left without urgent care services. The community worked tirelessly to ensure the urgent care centre was reopened, and services restored. I am directly asking you today, as both the Premier and the Minister of Health, to take preventative measures immediately to ensure the community does not face that reality again.
Given the urgent nature of this request I am sending this correspondence digitally as well as in written form. You both have my direct contact and know that myself and my staff are ready to work with you any hour of every day to keep services operational in Fort Erie and across Niagara.
Premier Ford, given the escalating situation I am writing this letter as an early warning. We ask you to show leadership here and take immediate action to prevent any loss of services.
Sincerely, Wayne Gates, Member of Provincial Parliament for Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie
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