Ontario's NDP Leader Raises Concerns About Hospital Overcrowding

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says overcrowding is a real problem at Kingston General Hospital.

She was in the Limestone City yesterday morning and came with stats from a freedom of information report that show this year, KGH has operated acute care and medicine beds at 98.2 per-cent in January, 103.3 per-cent in February, 100 per-cent in March, 92.2 per-cent in April and 96.9 per-cent in May.

That's well above the safe standard of occupancy for hospitals, which is 85 per cent.

“When you or your loved ones are hurt, you should be able to get the help and care you need, when you need it most. But that’s not what’s happening. As all-too-many Kingston residents know firsthand, Kingston General Hospital has faced serious overcrowding for years,” says Horwath.

“Kathleen Wynne has turned her back on patients and the workers that treat them and save them. Wynne government cuts have pushed Kingston General Hospital too far, and dangerous overcrowding and hallway medicine are now the new normal, in Kingston and across Ontario. We have to change that.”

Additionally, Horwath says the hospital has been running up to 30 unfunded beds in its acute care and mental health wards.