February 21st, 2024

NDP calls for immediate action from Conservatives as North grapples with severe doctor shortage

QUEEN'S PARK - During Wednesday's Question Period, NDP Deputy Leader and Indigenous and Treaty Relations critic Sol Mamakwa and Health Critic France Gélinas (Nickel Belt) called out the Ford government's persistent negligence of the healthcare crisis across Northern Ontario.

"Here we are, in a new legislative session, and it's the same story of this government ignoring the urgent healthcare needs of people across Northern Ontario," said Mamakwa. "Northern communities were already grappling with a shortage of hundreds of doctors, leaving our people sicker.

"Two weeks ago, Nishnawbe Aski Nation declared a health state of emergency across the north, not just on reserves. Yet, since then, there has been complete silence from the Premier and his ministers.

"Will the Premier finally acknowledge this emergency, treat these nations with respect, and respond promptly to this crisis?"

Gélinas followed up by calling out Ford's conservatives for yet another shameful milestone. Sudbury now has a private for-profit Nurse Practitioner Clinic charging patients money for each visit.

"I have hand delivered modest funding proposals from Capreol Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic to the Minister numerous times since 2021," said Gélinas. "We have underemployed Nurse Practitioners in Northern Ontario. They would love to care for us in the public system, but this government is forcing them to open private clinics.

"When will the Capreol NPL clinic get the money they have been asking for since 2021? "