MPP Jim McDonell Demands Solutions for Region’s Unmet Health Needs

July 24, 2014

QUEEN’S PARK – During Question Period today, MPP Jim McDonell brought to the attention of the Minister of Health that many residents of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry still do not have access to a family doctor.


“Numerous clinics and health centres have the capacity to take on more health professionals such as physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners” – MPP McDonell commented. “There is an unmet need for primary care access and Long-Term Care beds in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry and all frontline staff are aware of the problem. However, it appears the health bureaucracy is unwilling to review the health provision strategy for our region as they believe we are over-supplied. This is not the reality in our community”


Funding decisions are made by the Ministry of Health, with some powers being delegated to Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs).


“Our region’s residents deserve access to family doctors, and better and closer health services” – MPP McDonell concluded. “One of our problems is that the LHIN believes the community doesn’t need new family practitioners or Long-Term Care beds, yet residents have been waiting for years to find a physician through HealthConnect, and LTC placement wait lists in our region were the worst in Ontario according to the Auditor General.  For the Ministry to believe the residents of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry are buying the Champlain LHIN’s line of the region being over-supplied with beds and doctors is insulting. Moreover, the Government recently cancelled the Health Professionals Recruitment Tour – an important tool our region used to present itself to new medical graduates and professionals looking to relocate and open a practice. The Minister must listen to frontline staff in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry and ensure our area’s residents receive the healthcare services their tax dollars paid for”.


A video recording of the Question Period exchange can be seen at