November 27, 2017, Queen's Park - PC Health Critic, Jeff Yurek grilled the government
on its failure to achieve its own palliative care goals.
"This is just another example of this government continuing to make promises of
expanding access to care, but never following through," said PC Health Critic Jeff
Internal documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request, show the government
will fall 35 per cent short of its own goal of expanding hospice access. Ontario
currently needs 1,300 hospice and palliative care beds, but as of now only 341 of
these beds are available in the province.
Health Quality Ontario has echoed these concerns and has estimated that only about
30% of patients get the palliative care they should – a number that will only grow
due to a rapidly aging population.
"Due to this government's waste and mismanagement, patients across the province
are not receiving the proper care they need, and go without palliative care," said
Yurek. "Unfortunately, instead of taking concreate action, this government continues
to fail to deliver on their empty promises," Yurek concluded.