Published on May 18, 2018
30,000 new long term care beds, taking mental health seriously and dental care for low-income seniors will relieve burden and cut wait times
Doug Ford visited with local London health care practitioners today to share his plan to cut wait times and put an end to the ‘hallway healthcare’ epidemic that has Ontario hospitals stretched to the breaking point.
“My message to nurses, doctors and other frontline professionals is clear — resources are on the way and help is on the way,” said Ford. “We’re going to work with our frontline health care workers, cut wait times, end hallway healthcare and ensure that seniors, patients and families have the high quality health care they deserve.”
Under Doug Ford’s Plan for the People, an Ontario PC Government will invest in 15,000 new long-term care beds in five years and 30,000 new beds over the next 10 years, invest $1.9 billion over 10 years in mental health, addictions and housing supports, and provide dental care to low-income seniors.
Ford contrasted his commitment to frontline health care to the out-of-control spending, scandals and waste that have defined Kathleen Wynne’s mismanagement of the health care system. Over the last 15 years the total number of Assistant Deputy Ministers at the Ministry of Health has grown from six to 21.
“If your kid has a fever or your mom has a fall, you don’t go down to the Ministry of Health to have it looked at — instead you go to your local doctors and nurses,” said Ford. “If Kathleen Wynne had invested in doctors and nurses and patients the same way she has invested in new senior health care bureaucrats then every town would have a doctor, wait times would be a thing of the past and patients wouldn’t be stuck on stretchers in our hospital hallways.”
“As for the NDP,” Ford continued, “nobody in the history of Ontario has ever said ‘I believe there is too much money being wasted in the bureaucracy, so I’m going to vote NDP’.”
“Ontario’s health care system deserves change that will respect patients, and health care professionals,” concluded Ford. “My message to the people who are waiting, and the people who are frustrated is that change is coming and help is on the way.