Celia Ross, NDP candidate for Sault Ste. Marie, said Andrea Horwath’s plan to focus on healthcare fundamentals is exactly what SAH needs.
“Caregivers and patients have been raising the alarm for years about overcrowding in our emergency room,” Ross said. “Our nurses and doctors are overworked and people in urgent need of care face unacceptable waits.”
An NDP government will cut ER wait times in half by hiring 250 new nurse-practitioners, opening 50 new 24-hour family health clinics, creating 1,400 more long-term care beds, and implementing a five-day home care guarantee. These steps will keep ERs moving and make sure that Ontarians are getting the right care they need, when and where they need it, to reduce pressure on ERs.
“The Liberals have wasted millions of healthcare dollars on lavish CEO pay hikes and the ORNGE debacle,” Ross said. “Tim Hudak wants to fire the caregivers who help reduce the number of ER visits. Andrea Horwath’s plan to send the money to where it’s needed most makes sense for Sault Ste. Marie.”