The Leader of the Ontario NDP met with health care’s front line workers during her visit to London on Saturday.
Andrea Horwath discussed the government’s cuts to health care when she visited the Ontario Nurses’ Association. She stated that she was able to better understand the impact taking place in the Forest City.
“We have heard patients who have been waiting years for surgeries,” Horwath said. “These patients literally have their lives deteriorating and the quality of their lives deteriorating.”
The leader of the New Democrats added that the procedure patients adhere to raises some concerns.
“Patients are being dosed with pain medication to tide them over until they can get into surgery,” Horwath said. “That’s no way to operate a health care system. That is not a humane way to deal with patients of our province.”
Horwath stated that the system reflects where the priorities of the Liberal government lie.
“It makes the wrong decisions. It’s more interested in what is good for the Liberal party than anything else,” Horwath said.
Horwath explained that the NDP have been looking for funding to reduce the financial situation hospitals face.
“We called for a baseline increase in hospital funding each and every year to cover inflation,” Horwath said. “We’ve had four years of zero increases. Plus, an increase that was below inflation and so hospitals have had to cut to the bone. That’s not acceptable.”
She stated that the crucial role that nurses play in hospitals have been reduced as a result of the cuts.
“90 nurses a month are given pink slips by the Wynne government,” Horwath. “We’re saying no more cuts to registered nurses, to nurse practitioners and to registered practical nurses.
Horwath also visited the Western Fair Farmer’s Market and she will attend the African Canadian Federation of London & Area Fundraising Dinner being held tonight at the Hellenic Centre.