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2014-05-27 at 16:15

Health-care promises

Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
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By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY – The leader of Ontario’s New Democrats says provincial emergency room wait times will be cut in half if she forms the next government.

Reducing the amount of time patients spend in the ER was a prominent piece of the NDP platform, which leader Andrea Horwath reiterated during a Monday morning campaign stop in Thunder Bay.

Horwath proposes creating 50 new family health clinics across the province and bringing additional nurse practitioners to emergency rooms to reduce pressure on the system, an issue all too familiar to people across the city.

“We know the North is under serviced significantly so I’m a certain a number of those family health clinics will be servicing people in the North because we’re going to make sure that’s what happens,” Horwath said in a speech to a group of supporters.

“A family shouldn’t have to wake up at 2:30 in the morning with a child with an earache and take that child to emerge and not be able to come home with that child until 3 the next afternoon. That’s not a health care system that meets the need of families.”

In addition, the NDP platform proposes requiring 250 newly graduated doctors to work in areas of need across Ontario in exchange for helping to pay off their student debt.

Horwath also pledged to eliminate wait lists for home care as well as long-term care.

“There are waiting lists where people are waiting months to get the home care they need. We are going to get rid of the wait lists for home care and long-term care to reduce the pressures in the emergency rooms,” Horwath said.

When reached on Tuesday, Thunder Bay-Atikokan Liberal candidate Bill Mauro says if the NDP is true in their intent to improve home care, they would not have rejected a budget that included a raise for personal support workers.

“We have been investing in a very large way in home care for four or five years now and they know that. In fact, they have voted against more than a couple of those initiatives in the last two to three years,” Mauro said.

Mauro says adding the nurse practitioners will not have the impact the party is portraying.

It will fall short throughout the province.

“Adding 250 nurses spread across 150 hospitals, I’m not sure how the NDP math works on that but it doesn’t sound to me it’s going to have the effect they’d like the public to think it would,” Mauro said.

Thunder Bay-Superior North Progressive Conservative candidate Derek Parks says it is clear local health-care personnel are doing everything they can with the facilities available.

He thinks the NDP plan is an empty promise and follows Liberal cuts to the number of available beds and seniors’ facilities.

“I think we would be happy if we got served in regular time with the emergency department in Thunder Bay-Superior North. This problem has been exuberated by closing down two hospitals and giving us one without the same number of beds,” Parks said.

“I’d love to see how they plan to do that. I think it’s disingenuous to play politics with something so important, especially to this riding.”
He says the PC platform advocates for a complete overhaul of the system, starting with a review of the LHIN models.

Money going to bureaucratic sources such as LHINs would be better off invested in front line supports, Parks added.


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Tannoy says:
We would have more money for health care if we didn't have to pay for all these investigations into scandal after scandal... that's for all government by the way... municipal all the way to federal... and not just for healthcare but everything... just saying
5/27/2014 4:28:27 PM
trevor99 says:
I am less interested in what Ms. Howarth has to say and more interested in what Ms. Kozyros has to say which has been incredibly little in this campaign. I have to agree with a poster on a different article. It appears she is being hidden.

I do not like to make this about appearance, but the NDP brochure I received was shocking. With the rants against photoshopping of women all over the media in the past year, who decided to use that photo of the candidate.

There is no doubt it is photoshopped, but it went beyond touch up to the point when it borders on silly. No one looks like that.

I realize it is fundamentally not important to who holds office but someone signed off on that photo and it does speak a bit more to intent and decision making to use a picture, touched up so much that it bears little resemblance to the candidate herself, including the disappearance of the normally worn glasses.

This is about more than optics. They clearly do not want her out front. I am asking why?
5/27/2014 5:28:22 PM
tired says:
Just an election promise people...Typical NDP, stive for the ideal without taking the necessary baby steps to get there.
5/27/2014 6:35:40 PM
The Beaver..... says:
trevor99
you sure you got the right Party I have never seen Ms. Howarth wearing glasses.
5/28/2014 7:47:21 AM
pc says:
What exactly do the LHIN's do? I asked one of the people on it but could not get a good answer.
Are they just highly paid paper shufflers, or do they do a great deal with the health care services?
Open more walk in clinics but have them open later at night so people with minor problems can go there instead of crowding the emergency rooms. NP's could be in charge of these clinics. Colds, cuts minor things like that could be taken care of and the serious problems could be gotten to quicker in emergency rooms.
5/28/2014 8:00:31 AM
bttnk says:
A family shouldn't be taking a child with an ear-ache to emergency!! That is the core problem.

This is typical NDP propaganda. Lots of far fetched promises with no word on how they will fund it or make it happen.
5/28/2014 9:52:38 AM
mikethunderbay says:
The Beaver
He was clearly talking about Kozorys, another example of people not paying attention to what they read, I don't know why I'm still surprised. How could you have missed that?
5/28/2014 9:53:01 AM
Papercut says:
REMEMBER BOB RAE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He cost me many, many thousands!
5/28/2014 10:16:57 AM
The Beaver..... says:
mikethunderbay

I bow to you my learned friend and with your guidance I too will see the light.
5/28/2014 1:08:39 PM
lori says:

Lliberals announce $50, NDP then announce $51
Liberals announce $1 Billion ring of fire, NDP finally say they will go higher.
NDP refuse to comment on minimum wage. Liberals announce $11, NDP then announce they want $12.
Liberals have brought down wait times in a variety of areas and are number one in Canada in many important surgeries, now the NDP say they will reduce wait times. And they will do this by bringing in 1.2 nurse practitioners for each hospital in Ontario to cover 24/7, 365 a year. What is that, Tim Hudak math?

Their platform is razor thin. The local candidate in my riding is MIA, although her card telling us she works for John Rafferty was funny. Nothing about what she wants to do. Likely as little as John has done. The NDP are not forming gov't. Howarth only goes to about half the ridings during an election. She is not trying to win, just trying to win a few more seats. Their own members are angry at this election. they have reason to be. The ndp are now conservatives
5/28/2014 11:47:24 PM
yqtyqt says:
"Lliberals announce $50, NDP then announce $51
Liberals announce $1 Billion ring of fire, NDP finally say they will go higher."

The race to bankruptcy is on. neither one of these parties has said where they will come up with the money. Neither has said how they will balance the budget. Neither can make the tough decisions on what to cut to make budget room for their spending orgies.

As a matter of fact, Wynne stated in Sault Ste Marie that she wants to hire more civil servants and pay them more money & benefits. I'm still waiting to see how she will find the money in the budget. Or is she waiting for the budget to balance itself (like Justin Trudeau).

We get it Lori. In spite of what you say, you do like debt, you want to see misery for the next few generations, you have now idea where the money will come from. As long as it drops in your lap, you could care how much damage is done.
5/30/2014 2:16:26 PM
Curious says:
So, we heard what the top dog says, now what does our city representatives have to say? It seems even the PC party here have tape over their mouths - don't hear much from them either. How do they expect to get votes when we don't hear much from them.
5/29/2014 7:46:06 AM
The Beaver..... says:
ahh Lori...question did she give us the huge deficit and Dep't load that we and our children are now burdened with ...please tell
5/29/2014 9:33:24 AM
lori says:
In part for sure BEEV, but the NDP did like Mike did, ignoring our crumbling infrastructure and keeping some debt off the books so that things looked better.

As for our local NDP candidates, one who is on council wants to spend city money for a white elephant. Is that okay with you.

The other knows so little about the topics at hand, that she would not be able to tell you what to do about most issues. It is amazing she is a candidate.

Now where you and I agree is on debt. I don't like it either.

Where we disagree is on what was done with that debt.

In Ottawa--largest deficits in Canadian History, I still need to pay my share of that back, and Thunder Bay got little of it.

In Ontario, where my share of the total debt is slightly lower, T.Bay got thousands of jobs, infrastructure, highways, new buildings and new health services that save lives.

I don't like debt, but if we are going to have deficits, I'll take what the province has done anytime.
5/30/2014 3:01:25 PM
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