Hospital overcrowding crisis continues to hurt patients

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In question period Thursday, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath once again called on the Wynne Liberals to take action to address the overcrowding and hallway medicine crisis that decades of Conservative and Liberal cuts have created in Ontario’s hospitals, citing the experiences of three patients who had been let down by the system.

Horwath talked about Hamilton couple David and Kristen Ronald, who spent six days stuck in a Costa Rican hospital because, they were told, there were no hospital beds available in Ontario to transfer David Ronald home to after a terrible accident. As a result, David had to have a second surgery – planned for Hamilton – in Costa Rica.

Horwath also told the Liberal government about Danny Marchand, a young man who spent 11 days in a Collingwood hospital after a skiing accident, waiting for a bed to open up in London, so he could go home and have the surgery he needed.

And Horwath raised the experience of Leo, a Sudbury senior who spent 13 days receiving his medical care in a bathroom at Health Sciences North, his hospital bed pushed up against a toilet.

“Kristen and David, Leo, Danny and all the other patients and families who have been hurt by hospital overcrowding and hallway medicine – they deserve better than a government that continues to cut and squeeze the health care services we all depend on,” said Horwath.

Since May 2016, Horwath has been releasing internal hospital data obtained through Freedom of Information laws showing how serious and widespread the overcrowding crisis is. She has met with patients, families and front-line health care workers throughout the province to hear their views and stories.

“The last Conservative government closed 28 hospitals and fired 6,000 nurses,” said Horwath. “The Liberals, Kathleen Wynne included, have had nearly 15 years to fix the mess, but instead they’ve made it worse with more cuts and budget freezes. And now the Conservative party is offering Ontarians nothing but $6.1 billion in further cuts. We don’t have to keep choosing between bad and worse when it comes to health care. We need a change – a change for the better.”

Horwath has promised that an NDP government will fund hospitals at a minimum, to the rate of inflation and population growth, and taking into account the unique needs of each community – things like aging populations. She has vowed to implement a pharmacare program, a drug plan that covers everyone regardless of age or income – which is a proactive solution that will keep Ontarians healthier, and cut down on ER visits. She has also committed to a moratorium on front-line health care layoffs. 

 

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Hospital overcrowding crisis continues to hurt patients

In question period Thursday, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath once again called on the Wynne Liberals to take action to address the overcrowding and hallway medicine crisis that decades of Conservative and Liberal cuts have created in Ontario’s hospitals, citing the experiences of three patients who had been let down by the system.

Horwath talked about Hamilton couple David and Kristen Ronald, who spent six days stuck in a Costa Rican hospital because, they were told, there were no hospital beds available in Ontario to transfer David Ronald home to after a terrible accident. As a result, David had to have a second surgery – planned for Hamilton – in Costa Rica.

Horwath also told the Liberal government about Danny Marchand, a young man who spent 11 days in a Collingwood hospital after a skiing accident, waiting for a bed to open up in London, so he could go home and have the surgery he needed.

And Horwath raised the experience of Leo, a Sudbury senior who spent 13 days receiving his medical care in a bathroom at Health Sciences North, his hospital bed pushed up against a toilet.

“Kristen and David, Leo, Danny and all the other patients and families who have been hurt by hospital overcrowding and hallway medicine – they deserve better than a government that continues to cut and squeeze the health care services we all depend on,” said Horwath.

Since May 2016, Horwath has been releasing internal hospital data obtained through Freedom of Information laws showing how serious and widespread the overcrowding crisis is. She has met with patients, families and front-line health care workers throughout the province to hear their views and stories.

“The last Conservative government closed 28 hospitals and fired 6,000 nurses,” said Horwath. “The Liberals, Kathleen Wynne included, have had nearly 15 years to fix the mess, but instead they’ve made it worse with more cuts and budget freezes. And now the Conservative party is offering Ontarians nothing but $6.1 billion in further cuts. We don’t have to keep choosing between bad and worse when it comes to health care. We need a change – a change for the better.”

Horwath has promised that an NDP government will fund hospitals at a minimum, to the rate of inflation and population growth, and taking into account the unique needs of each community – things like aging populations. She has vowed to implement a pharmacare program, a drug plan that covers everyone regardless of age or income – which is a proactive solution that will keep Ontarians healthier, and cut down on ER visits. She has also committed to a moratorium on front-line health care layoffs. 

 

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NDP: Chapter 11 must go

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After weeks of pressure from the NDP, it has been reported that Canadian negotiators at the NAFTA table will propose the elimination of Chapter 11 investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions during a meeting with their American counterparts this week. This news comes before the seventh round of NAFTA negotiations are set to resume at the end of February.

NDP: Chapter 11 must go

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After weeks of pressure from the NDP, it has been reported that Canadian negotiators at the NAFTA table will propose the elimination of Chapter 11 investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions during a meeting with their American counterparts this week. This news comes before the seventh round of NAFTA negotiations are set to resume at the end of February.

NDP: Liberal hospital cuts trap Hamilton couple in Costa Rica, awaiting bed

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A Hamilton man and his wife are trapped in a Costa Rican hospital, waiting to be transferred back to Ontario after being told Ontario’s hospitals are too full to take him. That’s the result of decades of health care cuts by Liberals and Conservatives forcing the system to new lows, says NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.

“Imagine being hurt, and stuck in a foreign country. You want to come home, to get care in the hospital you know and trust. But you’re turned away because the hospitals are so crowded there’s no room for you,” said Horwath. “That’s absolutely not the kind of health care system people in Hamilton, and throughout this great province, deserve. These cuts – cuts that have been going on for years – have to stop.”

Hamilton residents David Ronald and his wife Kristen reached out to Horwath with their troubling story. Following a serious fall while hiking in Costa Rica, Ronald had to undergo emergency surgery. He required a second surgery in Hamilton, but according to Kristen, they were told they can’t come home because there were no hospital beds available for her husband – not in Hamilton, or anywhere near it.

Ronald had his second surgery in Costa Rica. He no longer needs an intensive care unit bed – but the couple are still in the Costa Rican hospital, now waiting for an acute care bed in a Hamilton hospital so he can be transferred home to recover.

“David is lucky to be alive,” said Horwath. “And he and Kristen are grateful for the medical care he has received, but they just want to come home. The fact that they were told they can’t be brought home simply because our health care system is too overburdened to care for him is a disturbing failure.”

The overcrowding has meant that patients are being treated in hallways, and that ambulances can’t unload patients into the emergency department – leaving them lined up outside the hospital, waiting with their patients. Code Zeros – when one or zero ambulances are available to get back onto the road and respond to emergencies – were called 31 times in January.

Local hospitals finished January with an overflow of more than 200 patients. Despite record high patient levels, in July 2017, it was announced that Hamilton Health Sciences was facing $20 million in additional cuts, with another $7 million in cuts at St. Joseph’s Healthcare.

“Dangerous overcrowding and hallway medicine are the new normal in Hamilton and across Ontario, but Ontarians don’t have to settle for this,” said Horwath, who outlined her health care priorities including universal pharmacare, a drug plan that covers all Ontarians; stable funding for hospitals; and a moratorium on health care staff layoffs.

“New Democrats believe health care and hospitals should be a priority – and we’re ready to do something about it. It’s time for a change – a change for the better.”

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NDP: Liberal hospital cuts trap Hamilton couple in Costa Rica, awaiting bed

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NDP: Liberal hospital cuts trap Hamilton couple in Costa Rica, awaiting bed

A Hamilton man and his wife are trapped in a Costa Rican hospital, waiting to be transferred back to Ontario after being told Ontario’s hospitals are too full to take him. That’s the result of decades of health care cuts by Liberals and Conservatives forcing the system to new lows, says NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.

“Imagine being hurt, and stuck in a foreign country. You want to come home, to get care in the hospital you know and trust. But you’re turned away because the hospitals are so crowded there’s no room for you,” said Horwath. “That’s absolutely not the kind of health care system people in Hamilton, and throughout this great province, deserve. These cuts – cuts that have been going on for years – have to stop.”

Hamilton residents David Ronald and his wife Kristen reached out to Horwath with their troubling story. Following a serious fall while hiking in Costa Rica, Ronald had to undergo emergency surgery. He required a second surgery in Hamilton, but according to Kristen, they were told they can’t come home because there were no hospital beds available for her husband – not in Hamilton, or anywhere near it.

Ronald had his second surgery in Costa Rica. He no longer needs an intensive care unit bed – but the couple are still in the Costa Rican hospital, now waiting for an acute care bed in a Hamilton hospital so he can be transferred home to recover.

“David is lucky to be alive,” said Horwath. “And he and Kristen are grateful for the medical care he has received, but they just want to come home. The fact that they were told they can’t be brought home simply because our health care system is too overburdened to care for him is a disturbing failure.”

The overcrowding has meant that patients are being treated in hallways, and that ambulances can’t unload patients into the emergency department – leaving them lined up outside the hospital, waiting with their patients. Code Zeros – when one or zero ambulances are available to get back onto the road and respond to emergencies – were called 31 times in January.

Local hospitals finished January with an overflow of more than 200 patients. Despite record high patient levels, in July 2017, it was announced that Hamilton Health Sciences was facing $20 million in additional cuts, with another $7 million in cuts at St. Joseph’s Healthcare.

“Dangerous overcrowding and hallway medicine are the new normal in Hamilton and across Ontario, but Ontarians don’t have to settle for this,” said Horwath, who outlined her health care priorities including universal pharmacare, a drug plan that covers all Ontarians; stable funding for hospitals; and a moratorium on health care staff layoffs.

“New Democrats believe health care and hospitals should be a priority – and we’re ready to do something about it. It’s time for a change – a change for the better.”

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