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MPP critical of ‘elective’ surgery delays

作者:admin 2020-05-28

Tens of thousands of Ontarians are needlessly suffering and an untold number have died while waiting for important “elective” surgeries to resume, MPP Randy Hillier says.

The Independent MPP pressed Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott on Tuesday on the use of government emergency powers to postpone medical procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“How many people have died waiting for heart surgery, organ transplants and other procedures? How many more are suffering because they cannot get cataract, knee and hip surgeries?” Hillier said. “Will you tell the people of Ontario how many innocent people have died waiting for the Premier’s emergency powers to end?”

Elliott said the government had to put off elective surgeries and procedures to ensure surge capacity in hospitals for COVID-19 cases.

“This has been very, very difficult for very many people, and we are several hundred thousand procedures behind,” the Elliott said.

The physical distancing undertaken by the vast majority of Ontarians helped ensure there was no surge in hospitals, but it could have been a repeat of the crises in Spain and Italy where coronavirus cases overwhelmed the system, she said.

Hillier has asked the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO), which earlier reported that the backlog for elective surgeries was growing by 12,000 a week, to attempt to determine how many people have died waiting for treatment.

Ontario public health officials should have realized sooner that the expected demand on hospital capacity did not materialize and altered their plans, Hillier said.

“We never had more than 1,034 people in our hospital system for COVID — that was the maximum number we ever reached and that was in early April,” he said.

Hillier said he knows people who have been told that their tumour surgeries are “elective” because death isn’t imminent.

“The longer it’s in there, the more it’s going to threaten you,” he said. “The bigger it gets, the bigger the problem.”

Public health officials in Ontario have released a framework for hospitals to resume elective surgeries and medical procedures that includes maintaining 15% hospital capacity and sufficient personal protection equipment without dipping into pandemic supplies.

Hillier called the framework overly bureaucratic and unnecessary.

“Since when do we have to develop a new framework to do medical procedures,” he said.

aartuso@postmedia.com

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