Questions and Answers: Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte Candidates on Health Care

BarrieToday reached out to candidates in Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte to hear what they had to say on a range of topics ahead of Thursday’s provincial election

Editor’s note: BarrieToday has reached out to all candidates in the riding of Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte (BSOM) to hear what they have to say on a range of topics ahead of Thursday’s provincial election. Each candidate was asked to provide a 150-word response. Here’s what they had to say about health care.

Elyse Robinson, green:

First, we can help people age in place with a $1.6 billion investment in home care to reduce stress on our long-term care system.

We can also build 55,000 long-term care beds by 2033 and at least 96,000 by 2041 to meet growing demand and increase base funding for long-term care by 10%.

On health care, we can increase base operating funding for hospitals year-over-year to a minimum of 5%, work with the federal government to provide top-up funding to reduce the backlog in surgeries, imaging and other services; and increasing options for primary care health care, such as community health centers and nurse practitioner-led clinics.

Finally, we can immediately repeal Bill 124 and the problematic sections of Bill 106 to allow all healthcare workers to collectively bargain fair wages and, until then, provide a minimum hourly wage of $35. to licensed practical nurses and $25 to personal support workers. .

Beverly Patchell, NDP:

We will invest in preventive measures such as mental, dental and drug insurance; repeal Bill 124; launch a campaign to recruit, retain and return health workers.

Solve the crisis of care for the elderly by withdrawing the benefits of home care and long-term care; restore hospital funding and ensure funding keeps pace with inflation by investing in hospital expansion.

Gerry Auger, Ontario Party:

I would seek to have more practitioners from a wider range of disciplines involved in the preventive care and treatment of patients, allowing physicians to address pharmaceutical options to consider for more acute and serious diagnoses and treatment options.

I would like to see physicians trained in naturopathic treatment methodologies as well or better yet create a collaborative treatment team in medical practices to form around a patient to include naturopathic practitioners as possibly a first point of contact in the process. initial assessment of an admission case.

I would expect this to free up doctors to deal with more urgent care cases to reduce ER wait times and to have daily debriefing to review cases and determine if an escalation of urgency should be considered.

Hayden Hughes, New Blue:

There are many things in our healthcare system that just don’t work, and COVID-19 has amplified those problems.

One of these problems is the growing number of pending procedures and another is the lack of staff. The first thing to do, which would greatly reduce these problems, would be to rehire the health care workers who were laid off due to the warrants.

Hospitals, like RVH, as well as long-term care homes, should reverse their vaccination policy for workers so that those with decades of experience and personal connections within the system are back in their place. .

This needs to be done before any increase in training and any new hiring as it is the most ethical way to ensure these facilities are properly staffed and it will ensure that our healthcare system has enough workers. for fall.

Jeff Lehman, Liberal:

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the shortcomings of our health care and long-term care systems. It’s time to stop the rampant privatization of the health care system and focus investments on supporting our dedicated health care workers.

A Liberal government in Ontario will hire 100,000 new health care workers, prioritizing full-time positions. We will also repeal Bill 124 on salary caps, so health care workers get what they deserve.

For our seniors, we will focus on bringing care closer to home – with home care for 400,000 seniors while ending for-profit long-term care.

We will also strive to innovate and rethink health care in Ontario by shifting investments upstream to address the determinants of health.

I have seen firsthand how alternatives to hospitalization can help communities through my seminal work on the Barrie Health Accord and will continue to advocate for community solutions to health care at Queen’s Park .

Doug Downey, Progressive Conservative:

We are investing a historic $4.9 billion over four years to hire 27,000 new caregivers, including personal support workers, nurses and doctors – all the staff the system desperately needs after years of neglect – and an increase in the average daily direct care from 2.75 hours to 4 hours per resident, per day.

And to increase capacity and build a strong and resilient health care system, the government is investing $300 million in 2022-23 through the province’s Surgical Recovery Strategy, bringing the total investment to approximately $880 million. dollars since the start of the pandemic.

This investment will help reduce surgical and diagnostic imaging backlogs related to delayed or canceled surgeries, reduce wait times and support an additional 150,000 hours of diagnostic imaging exams.

In BSOM, we have made investments at all levels, including the creation of 278 new long-term care beds and 234 improved spaces in our constituency.

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