May 22nd, 2022

NDP’s Niagara team says NDP’s announcement critical to fixing local health care

NIAGARA – The NDP’s Niagara team Wayne Gates (Niagara Falls), Jeff Burch (Niagara Centre), Jennie Stevens (St. Catharines) and Dave Augustyn (Niagara West) said that the NDP’s plan to invest in health care in the region will mean that families will get the care they need faster.

On Sunday, Andrea Horwath announced that an NDP government would hire 850 nurses in Niagara, build the South Niagara Hospital and fully preserve the Welland hospital, including the emergency department, the Port Colborne Urgent Care Centre and the Fort Erie Urgent Care Centre.

“Folks in Niagara Falls deserve to have reliable health care in their community. That’s why the new South Niagara Hospital is a top priority for us. We’re going to build the new hospital and hire enough nurses and other staff to make sure our community has the services it needs. That way we’ll never again face dangerous situations where low staffing forces hospitals to close, like what happened with Fort Erie urgent care,” said Gates. “No more empty promises from the Liberals and Conservatives, this time around an NDP government will get the new hospital built.”

“Niagara is growing and we need to keep building capacity in our health care system. We’re going to make sure both the Welland Hospital, with its 24-hour emergency department, and the Port Colborne Urgent Care Centre stay open, and that they have enough staff to make sure no one waits hours for care,” said Burch. “Niagara families are counting on their government to make sure health care is available when they need it. An NDP government will keep building capacity here, without sacrificing the Welland Hospital or any other important services.”

“No one wants to go into the ER with their sick child and wait for hours. No one wants to wait months in pain for the surgery they need. Families are just asking for the basics – that their local hospitals and health care will be there when they need it,” said Stevens. “That’s why we’re going to invest in health care and hire 850 more nurses, to go into every community across Niagara. With the NDP, families can rest assured care will always be available and easy to access.”

“We can have a health care system that works here in Niagara. Where you can see a doctor or nurse promptly, and they actually have the time to provide the care you need, rather than rushing from patient to patient. That’s what’s possible when you invest in health care instead of making cuts,” said Augustyn. “ On the doorsteps, people are telling me that they want a government that will invest in their lives and fix our local hospitals – that’s what you get with Andrea Horwath and the NDP.”

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