9/26/11

NDP promises to re-open Niagara Emergency Rooms

Standing outside the Fort Erie Hospital, New Democrat leader Andrea Horwath  condemned catastrophic cuts to health care including the closure of emergency rooms at the hospital and nearby Port Colborne.


The Fort Erie hospital's emergency room was closed in September 2009, just months after the emergency room in nearby Port Colborne was also closed.


Horwath was accompanied by the family of Reilly Anzovino, a teenager who died after a car crash in 2009 when her ambulance had to travel 20 kilometres to a hospital because Fort Erie's ER was closed. Her family believes her life may have been saved if the Fort Erie ER had remained opened. 


Horwath has promised to re-open the two Emergency Rooms.


The Liberals side-stepped the issue on Saturday, according to the Toronto Sun.  


Right now, we can only guess and fear. But given the funding plans, cuts to more emergency rooms sounds likely after the election. 

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