Brampton's tackle against health care challenges continues

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Although many Canadians are generally content with the nation’s healthcare system, Brampton residents have been enduring a tough and unfortunately, an unfair situation when it comes to medical facilities as they worry over a new and much-needed hospital.

While we continue to hear about incidents relating to “hallway healthcare,” and Brampton’s healthcare system still in need of additional funding, the city continues to ask for the public’s support in order for the province to fulfill Brampton’s request.

While long wait times in emergency rooms are common across the province, Brampton's healthcare situation is unique; leaving residents with complaints regarding their needs feeling like they are being overlooked.

As a result, the city is still encouraging residents to sign, share personal stories and follow their campaign on social media platforms by using the hashtag #FairDealForBrampton. 

Among the requests are funding for healthcare from the Province of Ontario, including immediate funding, the completion of Phase 2 at Peel Memorial and urgent action for a third healthcare facility in Brampton. 

Andrea Horwath, NDP leader of Ontario's Official Opposition recently stated, "Brampton's Peel Memorial Urgent Care Centre is operating at a 587% volume compared to what it is funded for.”

What this statement indicates is that for every patient the centre is funded to care for, almost five other patients are looking for care. In other words, this means that the centre is operating at 585% above what it is funded for.

In her statement, Horwath also pointed out that while the province has announced investments in hospitals across the province, Brampton--which is where the term “hallway healthcare” was coined--has been continuously overlooked, adding that between July 2018 and August 2019, the government only created 21 beds making the waitlist grow by 2,800 people. 

Among long wait times, the term "hallway medicine," and severe overcrowding, healthcare in Brampton is chronically underfunded and the city needs signatures from its residents in order for these requests to be fulfilled.

Along with signing the petition, the city is also encouraging residents to change their social media avatars, join their Facebook group and follow the hashtag #FairDealforBrampton on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for further updates.

The petition can be found at city facilities such as City Hall, recreation centres and libraries. It is also available for download here.

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