January 12th, 2016

Statement by Ontario NDP Health and Long-Term Care Critic France Gélinas regarding the Premier’s visit to Lakeridge Health

“Healthcare should be about keeping people healthy and meeting the needs of patients. New Democrats know that means making sure the system works for the people who need it the most.

Instead, the Liberal record is clear: last year, at least 625 nursing positions were eliminated across Ontario. The Liberals have frozen hospital budgets for four years, leading to deep cuts in hospitals across the province. And instead of listening to the NDP call for 5-day homecare, the Liberals have left seniors waiting 200 days or more for the home care they need.


While the Premier is in Oshawa today, she should explain why nearly 2,000 people in the region are stuck on wait lists for home care, including over 900 people with a 'High level of patient need.' Clearly, the Liberals just don’t share the priorities of today’s families.

New Democrats will keep pushing the government to focus on making sure that families and seniors in Durham and across Ontario can get quality healthcare when they need it.”