June 1st, 2022
June 1st, 2022
BRAMPTON – NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is committed to taking Brampton from one hospital to three, and staffing up with thousands of nurses, among other health care heroes.
“When your little one is sick, you should be able to take them to a hospital in your community and get help right away. When someone you love has cancer and needs chemotherapy, they shouldn’t have to wait, and shouldn’t have to drive to another community for treatment,” said Horwath, who is back in Brampton again on the eve of the election.
“Together, we can stop the cuts, and finally give Brampton its fair share of health care. Not only are we going to take Brampton from one hospital to three, we’re going to fill those hospitals with the health care workers Brampton needs and deserves.”
Today, Brampton has 47 nurse vacancies at Brampton Civic Hospital, another 43 vacancies in long-term care and other community care settings. After filling those, Andrea Horwath will add at least 1,231 additional nurses for the region over the next three years. She’ll also make staffing up the new hospitals a priority.
Horwath’s plan to recruit, retain and return nurses and other health care heroes includes:
Horwath has also committed and budgeted to take Brampton from one hospital to three — by adding a real 24-hour emergency department and acute care beds at Peel Memorial, and building a brand new standalone hospital. In addition, she’s committed to a dedicated cancer care centre in the city.
Steven Del Duca was part of Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government that froze hospital budgets and fired 1,600 nurses. Doug Ford was cutting before the pandemic, and has $2.7 billion more cuts planned if he gets four more years.
Ontario has the lowest ratio of RNs to people in Canada — and lost 7,300 nurses in the past decade.
To recruit, retain and return health care workers, the NDP will: