Open Letter to Candidates in the Niagara West–Glanbrook Provincial By-Election

Dear Candidates,

Your campaign for provincial office comes at a time when our publicly-funded health-care system is under strain and Ontario’s doctors struggle to ensure patients get timely access to necessary medical services.

The Ontario government is currently pushing ahead with new laws that will bring significant changes to the health-care system – without the input of doctors, who work with patients every day, providing medical care and helping them navigate our system. More than that, physicians have been without a contract for more than two years and have faced multiple unilateral cuts of funding for the essential services they provide.

The result is, and will continue to be, a real and serious threat to the ability of patients in Niagara West—Glanbrook to access timely and high quality care.

As a candidate to represent your community, you are uniquely positioned to stand up for quality health care in Niagara and across Ontario. Your vision for tackling the challenges in the health-care system is crucial.

Health-care statistics in Niagara and Ottawa show that your riding is dealing with an aging population and significant rates of chronic disease. There is no issue more important for Ontarians than access to the care they and their families need.

Ontario’s doctors are committed to working with all parties to protect and strengthen patient-focused health care in Ontario. I request a meeting with you at your earliest convenience to discuss how we can achieve this goal together.

Sincerely,

Dr. Virginia M. Walley, President, Ontario Medical Association
On behalf of Ontario’s 29,000 doctors

Posted on October 25, 2016 in Health in the News

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