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Liberals’ Failed Leadership Puts People at Risk in Waterloo Region

May 28, 2012

QUEEN’S PARK — The McGuinty Liberals’ failure to deal with inadequate ambulance service and emergency department delays in Waterloo Region has put the lives of local patients at risk, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said today.

Harris called on the Health Minister during question period to address the serious problems with ambulance delays in Waterloo Region.

Last year, local emergency services had 154 documented instances in which every ambulance in the Region was occupied, according to the annual report on Waterloo Region’s EMS services.

In fact, reports show that ambulances were unavailable to respond to emergencies up to 17 times a month since July 2010.

“It’s clear that the McGunity Liberals’ failed leadership extends far beyond the scandal at ORNGE,” Harris said. “On this government’s watch, an unacceptable situation has developed in Waterloo Region in which ambulances are not available when people need them most.”

Reports show that emergency department delays in Waterloo Region were responsible for the loss of 5,790 ambulance hours in 2010. Because of these delays, some patients have been forced to wait in ambulances for more than 10 hours until a hospital bed becomes available.

“The Minister’s response to my question today – that she’s been ‘carefully monitoring’ response times in Waterloo Region – inspires no confidence in the Liberal government because this situation has been escalating for the last two years.” Harris said. “This is yet another example of the McGuinty Liberals’ failed leadership.”