Aug 02, 2022
By Steve Kee
Today at Queen’s Park, Interim Liberal Leader John Fraser called out Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Sylvia Jones for being “missing in action” during the current health crisis.
In part, because of COVID and the strain on the system , the shortage of health workers across the province has forced the closure or partial closure of some emergency services in Ontario at 25 facilities.
Fraser said, “We have healthcare workers leaving at an alarming rate and new emergency rooms closing every week and through their absence and silence, the message Doug Ford is sending to frontline healthcare workers is that they don’t care.”
For months, emergency rooms and ICUs have struggled to remain open as they operate with reduced staff and limited resources, leaving healthcare workers overworked and burnt out. Nurses, doctors and patients have pleaded for this government to take action and fix the crisis facing our healthcare system, but closures continue to persist across the province.
The Liberals want the government to prioritize recruitment and retention of healthcare workers by repealing Bill 124 and increasing mental health supports and expedite the credentialing process of foreign-trained healthcare workers to help address staffing shortages.