All Candidates’ Meeting on Health Care

Tuesday, May 22,
Doors open — 6:00 pm,
Meet and Greet — 6:30 pm,
Meeting starts at 6:30 pm,
School of Social Work, 167 Ferry St. (at Pitt)

The meeting is intended to inform voters and spur new dialogue about responsible and equitable plans to address the health of Windsor and Essex County, organizers say. Come to the meeting! Give your views and listen to what others have to say!

The meeting is organized by a coalition consisting of the following organizations: Canadian Federation of University Women — Windsor Chapter; Citizens for an Accountable Mega-hospital Planning Process (CAMPP); Council of Canadians – Windsor-Essex Chapter; Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE (OCHU); Ontario Health Coalition — Windsor-Essex Chapter; Mega Hospital Mistake; Voices Against Poverty; WOW – Windsor on Watch.

Questions

Q1. In the last two decades, Ontario has built our new hospitals using a privatized “P3” private-public partnership model in which private multinational consortia fund and build our hospitals. According to Ontario Auditor General reports, the costs of P3s are much higher than if our hospitals were publicly funded. Billions of dollars could have been saved to date.

Will you commit to stopping the P3 privatization of our hospitals? And if so, how would you propose to fund them?

Q2. A single site megahospital is slated to be built out by the Windsor airport. This would result in the closure of existing hospitals, thereby reducing access for many city residents. As has been the case with other Ontario P3 hospitals, it also potentially reduces the number of beds.

Will you commit to supporting instead a multiple site system that would provide accessible services to the city and county populations?

Q3. Ontario’s public hospitals are funded at among the lowest rates in Canada. We have the fewest hospital beds per person in Canada and the least amount of nursing care.

Will you commit to increasing Ontario’s public hospital funding by 5.3 per cent as recommended by the Ontario Health Coalition, and to increasing capacity for all services thereby minimizing wait times?

Q4. There is a consensus that long-term care services in Ontario are underfunded, understaffed, and lacking in basic services. Residents are receiving inadequate care – often having to forego baths and other basic care. As bed shortages and resulting wait times are reaching critical levels, the Ontario Health Coalition recommends the creation of 30,000 long-term care beds to meet the demand of 34,000 people on waiting lists for this care.

Will you commit to building long-term care capacity in public and not-for-profit long-term care homes to meet this need? And further, will you commit to bringing a minimum average of 4 hours of hands-on care per resident per day as a measurable and accountable minimum care standard for Ontario’s long-term care homes?