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Horwath hosts round table with Peel Region health care workers 

BRAMPTON – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath hosted a group of health care workers from Peel region for a round table discussion on the state of health care in their cities.

The group included doctors, nurses and other front-line workers from regional hospitals, including Brampton Civic Hospital.

“I’m grateful to everyone who came out to share their first-hand experience with our health care system,” said Horwath. “Their expertise is invaluable, and I think really listening to the experts has been missing in Ontario’s health care system.”

Between April 2016 and April 2017, there were 4,352 patients treated on stretchers in public hallways at Brampton Civic.  The hospital is severely overcrowded – a victim of decades of Conservative and Liberal cuts to health care.

“The Conservatives closed 28 hospitals and fired 6,000 nurses, and the Wynne Liberals have done further damage. They shortchanged hospitals by $300 million in last year’s budget alone,” said Horwath. “In Brampton I heard first-hand accounts of what that means for patients – and had a great conversation about how we can do better for patients.”

Horwath has committed to fund hospitals, at a minimum, to the rate of inflation, population growth and to meet the unique needs of the community around the hospital.

“What I heard in Brampton is that hospitals are in bad shape and patients are hurting. But it doesn’t have to be this way,” said Horwath. “We can do so much better, and families deserve to have some hope. It’s time for a premier that is focused on ending the gridlock and cutting wait times for everyone.”

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