Ontario’s doctors call on new MPPs to protect patient care
Ontario’s doctors will be engaging with Sam Oosterhoff and Nathalie Des Rosiers, newly elected Members of Provincial Parliament for Niagara West--Glanbrook and Ottawa--Vanier, to ensure that they understand the unique health-care needs of their ridings.
Ontario’s doctors call on new MPPs to protect patient care
Ontario’s doctors will be engaging with Sam Oosterhoff and Nathalie Des Rosiers, newly elected Members of Provincial Parliament for Niagara West--Glanbrook and Ottawa--Vanier, to ensure that they understand the unique health-care needs of their ridings.
November 18, 2016

Toronto, ON Nov. 18, 2016 – Ontario’s doctors will be engaging with Sam Oosterhoff and Nathalie Des Rosiers, newly elected Members of Provincial Parliament for Niagara West--Glanbrook and Ottawa--Vanier, to ensure that they understand the unique health-care needs of their ridings.

“Ontario’s doctors are very concerned about the current government’s approach and its under-funding health care in the province,” said Dr. Virginia Walley, President of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA).  “We are hopeful that MPPs elected yesterday will bring the health-care concerns of their residents directly to Queen’s Park.”

One area of concern to Ontario’s doctors is the government’s insistence on pushing through Bill 41, which would substantially change how primary care is delivered, without collaboration with doctors. The legislation is now at committee level where the OMA and other physicians have taken the opportunity to share their concerns.

“I am very concerned about Bill 41 as it allows politicians and bureaucrats to prioritize their decisions about the health-care system over the care needs of patients,” Dr. Walley said. “It gives government the power to over-ride the expertise of physicians and local health-care providers in or
der to ration care and stay within budget – instead of putting the well-being of patients first.”
Ontario’s population is aging and growing, which will increase demand on our already strained health-care system.

“Rising rates of chronic disease, the increasing care needs of our aging population, and growing wait-times for tests and procedures are only a few of the challenges physicians and their patients face on a daily basis,” said Dr. Walley. “I hope the new MPPs make it a priority to address these concerns, and that they are willing to use the knowledge and experience that Ontario’s doctors bring to the table in any discussion about the health-care system.”

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The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) represents more than 42,000 physicians and medical students across the province. Ontario’s doctors work closely with patients to encourage healthy living practices and illness prevention. In addition to delivering front-line services to patients, Ontario’s doctors play a significant role in helping shape health care policy, as well as implementing initiatives that strengthen and enhance Ontario’s health care system.

For more information, please contact:
Nadia Daniell-Colarossi, Manager Media Relations
Office: 416-340-2970 or 1-800-268-7215 ext. 2970
Mobile: 416-804-4600
Email: nadia.daniell-colarossi@oma.org

Danielle Milley, Senior Advisor Media Relations
Office: 416-599-2580 ext. 3008 or 1-800-268-7215 ext. 3008
Mobile: 647-300-0081
Email: danielle.milley@oma.org