Andrea Horwath is calling for a moratorium on nursing cuts in hospitals across Ontario.
The N-D-P Leader and Hamilton-Centre M-P-P has once again called health care the “silent crisis” of the Wynne government while standing with registered nurses in front of St. Joseph’s Hospital.
She says than more than 14 hundred registered nurses have been let go from the province’s hospitals since the start of 2015.
Horwath adds that is the impact of four years of frozen budgets, followed by a 1% increase which fails to keep up with inflation.
The government claims that almost 3,000 new nursing positions have been created across the province in the past year, and it accuses Horwath of “misleading” Ontarians. The NDP leader insists that the Liberals like to “play with numbers”.
Horwath’s media conference followed a meeting with nurses, during which she says she heard stories about patients being released from hospital too soon and returning days later and of beleaguered nurses going on stress-leave.
She calls health care “the silent crisis of the Wynne government”.