Doug Ford says Ontarians have access to the health care they need

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Doug Ford says Ontarians have access to the health care they need

Doug Ford was in Stratford, Ontario on Wednesday morning.

While several Ontario health departments have had to close their doors and reduce their hours of operation in recent weeks, Premier Doug Ford said Wednesday that the province's health system is still responding. to the needs of Ontarians.

I want to be clear, Ontarians continue to have access to the care they need, when they need it, Ford said in responding to questions from reporters during a press briefing in Stratford, Ontario.

Mr Ford said hospitals and emergency departments were under increased pressure at present, but added that surgeries were proceeding at almost 90% of pre-pandemic rates and nine people out of ten presenting to emergency departments were being cared for within health parameters.

We are pumping everything we can into the health care system, said Ford, saying the province is working to add more internationally educated nurses. Mr. Ford claimed that 760 of them had been added to the system.

This is the first time in weeks that Mr. Ford has answered questions amid a staffing crisis in the health care sector and contract negotiations with health care workers. #x27;education.

During Wednesday's press briefing, Ford said other provinces are also feeling the pressures, and again called for increased federal funding, though an April report from the Ontario Financial Accountability Office on financial results in the first year of the pandemic found that the province's total program spending per person was the lowest in Canada, with the lowest amount for health care spending.

This is not a problem that is unique to Ontario, Ford said.< /p>

Tuesday evening, Toronto General Hospital confirmed that all of its intensive care beds were occupied and some intensive care units were closed due to a lack of staff.

Earlier in the day on Tuesday, the Ontario Minister of Health told La Presse can adienne to be looking for solutions.

According to the Nurses Association of Ontario, about 25 hospitals in Ontario have been forced to reduce their services over the long weekend.

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