Subject: Ontario Health Critic
Being one of your constituents I notice headlines in the local news
that you are unhappy with the current governments cutbacks of the current health
system. As you put it, it is in a perpetual crisis.
Not that I disagree with your position and I know that that is your job as a critic,
I would like you to add in these same news articles exactly what your party would
do to correct said problems. It is very easy to criticize, but to actually come
up with constructive ways to correct something is much more difficult.
We all know that our health care system as it is today is not sustainable at some
2% increase in cost each year so we must do something,the same old is not an option.
I thought when you got elected you were a fresh new face that would actually do
some good however you seem to have fallen into the same old trap, as all politicians
of blame counter blame and nothing ever gets done. If our health system carries
on as it is, we will not have to worry about it as it will implode on itself. If
you have some answers I would be glad to hear about them and perhaps even pass them
on. Thank you for your time.
John L Bolt.
Subject: RE: Ontario Health Critic
Thanks for the email. I agree that ideas should be presented in order to fix the
system. At this time we are advocating for a decrease in bureaucracy, something
the government could act on in the short term. 39% of healthcare dollars given to
CCACs is spent on the bureaucracy. We have also pointed out that the scopes of practice
for healthcare professionals should be expanded to lower costs and improve waiting
times. ( doctors, RNs, RPN, Pharmacists and Paramedics). However the role of the
opposition is to point out the gaps in the system, call out the government when
they spin the truth and offer amendments to legislation. This majority Government
is not listening to anyone’s ideas but their own.
A plan for the healthcare system from our party will be forthcoming. Our party has
initiated our policy development process that is gathering ideas from Ontarians.
( www.forOntario.ca ) There are great ideas to be found and instead of a few people
at Queen’s Park deciding which policy to implement, our party is listening to folks
from across the province. The process will be completed within the next year and
the policy will be shared with Ontarians.
On a personal note, I feel I have improved Ontario in spite of being an opposition
member. Ryan’s Law, which I created and was passed, allows students to have access
to their emergency asthma medication while at school. I have represented the voices
of our riding at Queen’s Park, regardless of political ideology.