MPP Jim McDonell speaks at a media event.
CORNWALL, Ontario - MPP Jim McDonell hammered away at the provincial health ministry, accusing the Liberal government of turning a blind eye to locals still looking for a family doctor.
"Numerous clinics and health centres have the capacity to take on more health professionals such as physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners," McDonell said. "There is an unmet need for primary care access and long-term care beds in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry and all front-line staff are aware of the problem.
"However, it appears the health bureaucracy is unwilling to review the health provision strategy for our region as they believe we are over-supplied. This is not the reality in our community."
McDonell said becuase funding decisions are made by the Ministry of Health, some powers are delegated to Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs).
"Our region's residents deserve access to family doctors, and better and closer health services," he added. "One of our problems is that the LHIN believes the community doesn’t need new family practitioners or long-term care beds, yet residents have been waiting for years to find a physician through HealthConnect, and LTC placement wait lists in our region were the worst in Ontario according to the auditor general.
"For the ministry to believe the residents of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry are buying the Champlain LHIN's line of the region being over-supplied with beds and doctors is insulting."