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    sisco farraro

    Interesting that no one has mentioned this story yet.

    I picked up the Ottawa Sun on Friday and this was the cover story. Yes, I read the Ottawa Sun periodically. As a commuter I find it easier to read through than multi-sectional traditionally shaped newspapers like the Citizen and Globe & Mail. When I tried, I used to bang my elbows into the riders on either side of me, raising their ire.

    Anyway, the article notes that paramedics spent 37,00 hours waiting to off-load ER patients last year. 37,000 hours! Mr. Anthony DiMonte, general manager of emergency and protective services, noted “emergency rooms are a disaster and there’s no excuse”. These delays impact paramedics and ambulances from getting back on the road for hours simply because of delays transferring patients to hospitals. The article further states that these delays are the equivalent of 1,500 days and that 37,000 hours is up from 27,445 in 2014 (that’s a 9,500 hour increase in 3 years or roughly 34% over the same period). The actual article, entitled “Hospitals holding medics hostage” is quite shocking and I encourage all Bulldog participants to find and read it online.

    What happens as baby boomers age and retire in droves? What happens when one of them falls in their home and needs immediate medical attention? Hell, what happens when anyone needs immediate medical attention? The answer seems obvious if an effective plan is not put in place.

    George Darouze, councillor for Osgoode ward, is quoted in the article as stating “this is unacceptable”. How profound! Ron Benn has noted we lack leadership at city hall and this is a perfect example. Rather than stating the obvious Darouze should be working on a solution to this problem. In fact, all city councillors should be dealing with issues like this, big issues that will impact the entire city for the next two to ten to twenty years.

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    Ron Benn

    I have opined on the lack of leadership at city hall. That lack of leadership is pervasive across the provincial and federal levels as well.

    As it relates to the case at hand, all three of the main contenders for the premier’s seat in Queen’s Park have bemoaned the lack of federal money to fund health care, an area of responsibility that lies at the provincial level not the federal level. Demanding that the federal government solve a provincial problem is not leadership. It is just a tired old trick from a third-rate conjurer to distract the audience. To make any serious impact on wait times, be they for major surgeries, or beds in the emergency ward, more funding is required, along with a serious, non-partisan analysis of the how and where of health care spending. More money needs to go the execution of health care, and less to the administration of health care.

    It is noteworthy that all three major parties have “found” money to help young families with their out-of-home day-care costs, a service that the constitution of this country is silent on. As I have said in the past, leadership requires setting priorities. It appears that all three leaders priorities are focused on pandering for votes by spending money on “nice to have”,  rather than on meeting the provinces responsibilities (“must have”) under the Constitution.

    I truly fear for this province, irrespective of which of the three main parties forms the next government.

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    Ken Gray

    As do I, Ron.



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    sisco farraro

    Ron. The following words in your response triggered something else I’d like to comment on – “non-partisan analysis”. In my youth there was a group of workers called “efficiency experts”. A few years ago, when my father was in the General my wife, son and I dropped by to visit him. After arriving on his floor, I stopped by one of the nursing stations to make an enquiry. I waited unnoticed for 3 to 4 minutes before finally saying “excuse me” to get someone’s attention. The stationed was manned by about 8 people at the time, and while about 3 were busy working, a couple were chatting away to one another. I was standing within sight of the other 3 people. They ignored me (as did the chatters) although they were all aware I was present. I remember thinking “what crappy service”!

    Health care is a business, a very expensive business and a lot of money is being wasted to run and support it. Let’s have someone run your “non-partisan analysis” beginning with the administrative areas. I fear if something is not done soon doctors, the best doctors, will see an opportunity and begin setting up private practices, and people won’t mind paying for their services. It’s sad to realize that the best solution to the mess in our hospitals may be privatization of our health care system.


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