Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Charles Sousa, Mississauga South Liberal Candidate, on health care



In 2003, the future of our publicly funded health care system was at risk.

There weren’t enough family physicians, wait times weren’t being measured let alone reduced, and hospitals were being closed.

The Liberal government is making real progress.

We set ambitious targets to combat wait times and we have met those targets. In Mississauga South, we invested in the Trillium Health Centre as part of our successful Wait Time Strategy. As a result, wait times have been reduced by 78% for angiography, 57% for angioplasty, 64% for cataract surgery, 26% for hip replacements, 42% for knee replacements, 23% for cancer surgeries, 48% for CT scans and 41% for MRIs.

We have invested millions to redevelop and expand our local hospitals. Construction of a new wing at the Trillium Health Centre is underway and will include 135 beds, as well as expand cardiac surgery, diagnostic, intensive care and support services. Credit Valley Hospital is undergoing an expansion that includes additional beds, operating and procedure rooms, and space for clinical services, including complex continuing care and palliative care.

We’ve invested in medical technology so that we can offer the best treatments and services available closer to home, including a new MRI machine at the Trillium Health Centre and a cancer centre and radiation treatment bunker at Credit Valley Hospital.

We’ve also delivered better access to family doctors. Half a million more Ontarians now have access to a family doctor thanks to increased medical school spaces, 150 new Family Health Teams and an expanded number of spaces for internationally trained doctors so they can practice medicine here. Starting in 2008, some of these doctors will be trained in our community at the new University of Toronto at Mississauga medical campus.

And we’re going to do more. Our plan to further strengthen health care means that we will deliver 50 more Family Health Teams, create 100 more medical school spaces and accredit more internationally trained doctors so that another 500,000 more Ontarians will have access to a family doctor.

We will also expand our progress on wait times to more services: emergency room visits, children’s surgery and general surgery.

In contrast, John Tory intends to rip $3 billion out of public health care, plus another $1.5 billion in unidentified cuts, which puts the progress we’ve made in health care at risk.

We’ve come a long way since the days of firing nurses and closing hospitals. We can’t afford to turn back to the days of Conservative cuts and neglect.

On October 10th I ask for your support – together, we can keep Ontario moving forward.

2 comments:

Lizt. said...

I do not live in that area, but I noticed that this is the same riding that Tim Peterson is running in ..how could a Peterson want to get in with that Tory lot, and how could anyone vote Tory, with all the Liberals have done, for Hospitals, and what Harris and Two-Tier Tony did.
I do hope Sousa wins.

Sagresh said...

Sousa is in a tough fight. I have seen him around a lot, so i hope he wins. he is out signing peterson, which is impressive in miss south. probably has part to do with the fact that peterson has a better attendence at the Harp than at Queens Park. regardless of political stripes, we need to get peterson out of there.