LISTEN IN: Ontario NDP Leader Promising Better Health Care
Flanked by the local NDP MPPs, Ontario's NDP Leader Andrea Horvath is promising to improve health care in the province.
Horvath made a stop outside of Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare Friday morning where she is demanding $6-8 million in funding be allocated to open 89 unoccupied mental health beds.
She is vowing to increase health care funding to hospitals to keep up with inflation and population growth, pointing out hospital budgets have been frozen under the Liberal government.
"The Liberals have squeezed and squeezed and squeezed the hospital budgets to the point where it is negatively impacting Ontario families with tragic results," she said.
She also wants to create a dedicated ministry for mental health and addictions to focus on the issues.
"We have talked about it endlessly for years now, that we have to do something around mental health and addictions services," says Horvath. "Yet, nothing is being done because there is no system, there is no co-ordination, there is something like 11 different ministries that have something in mental health."
Horvath also want to expand a public inquiry into long-term care.
The Ontario budget comes down March 28th and the provincial election is set for June 7th.