Liberal hospital cuts hurt families in northeastern Ontario

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Liberal hospital cuts hurt families in northeastern Ontario

*** Liberal hospital cuts hurt families in northeastern Ontario ***NDP demands action to end overcrowding and bed shortages at hospitals throughout the region QUEEN’S PARK—On Thursday, Timiskaming-Cochrane NDP MPP John Vanthof pushed the Wynne Liberals to stop turning its back on northeastern Ontario families, who continue to struggle to access mental health services and suffer through cancelled surgeries and long ER waits because of overcrowded hospitals. The situation has become so dire that heath care professionals are starting to speak out, including Dr. George Freundlich, who has practiced medicine in Matheson since 1994.“Yesterday in the Timmins Daily Press, Dr. George Freundlich described some of the risks that his patients are facing because of the lack of hospital funding in northeastern Ontario,” said Vanthof. “A child at risk of attempting suicide waited for two weeks at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Matheson because there were no beds in the mental health unit in Timmins. Another patient in Matheson had a broken hip but did not have surgery for several days because there was no beds at Timmins and District Hospital.”“This government has been in power for 14 years, why has it chosen to continue to underfund hospitals and put patients at risk?” asked Vanthof.New Democrats are determined to make sure northeastern Ontario families can count on hospital care. The NDP has committed to hospital funding that, at a minimum, keeps pace with inflation and the unique needs of the region. New Democrats have also called for a moratorium on frontline staff layoffs, and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has laid out a plan to introduce Pharmacare — a drug plan that covers everyone, regardless of age or job status.

Posted by John Vanthof, Timiskaming-Cochrane on Thursday, November 2, 2017

NDP demands action to end overcrowding and bed shortages at hospitals throughout the region

QUEEN’S PARK—On Thursday, Timiskaming-Cochrane NDP MPP John Vanthof pushed the Wynne Liberals to stop turning its back on northeastern Ontario families, who continue to struggle to access mental health services and suffer through cancelled surgeries and long ER waits because of overcrowded hospitals.

The situation has become so dire that heath care professionals are starting to speak out, including Dr. George Freundlich, who has practiced medicine in Matheson since 1994.

“Yesterday in the Timmins Daily Press, Dr. George Freundlich described some of the risks that his patients are facing because of the lack of hospital funding in northeastern Ontario,” said Vanthof.

“A child at risk of attempting suicide waited for two weeks at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Matheson because there were no beds in the mental health unit in Timmins. Another patient in Matheson had a broken hip but did not have surgery for several days because there was no beds at Timmins and District Hospital.”

“This government has been in power for 14 years, why has it chosen to continue to underfund hospitals and put patients at risk?” asked Vanthof.

New Democrats are determined to make sure northeastern Ontario families can count on hospital care. The NDP has committed to hospital funding that, at a minimum, keeps pace with inflation and the unique needs of the region. New Democrats have also called for a moratorium on frontline staff layoffs, and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has laid out a plan to introduce Pharmacare — a drug plan that covers everyone, regardless of age or job status.