Chronic Underfunding of Hospitals – Lise Vaugeios – Net Newsledger

by ahnationtalk on March 7, 201833 Views

Lise Vaugeios – Candidate’s Ledger

THUNDER BAY – POLITICS – Ever since the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital opened, people in our region have been affected by ever-lengthening episodes of hospital gridlock. I witnessed this directly a couple of weeks ago: a friend with a serious illness spent three days and nights in the hallway of Emergency because there was nowhere else to put her.

How do we expect people to recover when they are surrounded by the noise and constant activity in Emergency, and how do we expect medical staff to function well and look after their own mental and physical health when they are constantly working under stress? The situation is untenable and puts everyone – patients and staff – at risk.

The crisis we are seeing today has been years in the making. The last time the Conservatives were in power they closed 28 hospitals and fired 6,000 nurses — healthcare in Ontario has never recovered. Over the last fifteen years, the Liberals have continued where the Conservatives left off: freezing hospital budgets and firing frontline staff. And now the Conservative party is offering Ontarians $6.1 billion in further cuts while the Liberals repeat promises they’ve made before but not fulfilled.

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