Jul 12, 2022
By Steve Kee
It is day two of the meeting of Canada’s Premiers in Victoria.
Back at home, the provincial New Democrats and Liberals are calling on the Ford Government to spend more on health services as emergency rooms have come under strain.
In recent days there have been incidents where health facilities have had to cut back hours, in part because of a lack of staffing.
The Opposition New Democrats pointed to a recent fiscal watchdog report that found Ontario spends less on health per person than other provinces.
Interim NDP Leader Peter Tabuns says the province should be spending a “workable amount” on health care as emergency rooms report temporary closures due to staffing shortages and patients face long wait times for services.
The provincial Liberals issued a similar call, saying the government should be spending more resources on recruiting and retaining staff and other measures to support the health system.