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Ontario health minister calls child’s 40-hour ER wait ‘deeply disturbing’ but ‘not new’

News of an Ontario child’s 40-hour wait within the emergency room made its solution to Queen’s Park Wednesday, but the health minister mentioned the overwhelmed state of hospitals within the province shouldn’t be a brand new phenomenon.

“It is obviously deeply disturbing for all of us to hear stories about parents who have to wait with their children as they get admitted, as they are waiting for that bed to open up in the hospitals,” Sylvia Jones mentioned throughout query interval.

“But I also think it’s important for us to understand and appreciate that these are not new issues, and not new problems.”

Jones’ remarks have been in response to a query by interim NDP Leader Peter Tabuns, who referenced the incident first reported by CTV News Toronto.

“How many more kids will have to wait long hours for care before this government takes action to relieve the burden on hospitals and ensure our kids get the care that they need,” Tabuns requested Premier Ford – who was absent from query interval on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, a four-year-old little one with Down syndrome was dropped at Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital north of Toronto after coming down with a severe respiratory sickness.

The little one’s mom, who requested solely to be recognized as Jasmine, mentioned she spent some 40 hours within the hospital’s emergency room earlier than her daughter was given a mattress.

A four-year-old little one sleeps in a makeshift mattress at Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital in November 2022. (Photos supplied)

“Forty hours in the ER was just completely ridiculous for a four year old. It’s unacceptable,” Jasmine informed CTV News Toronto in an interview concerning the wait.

Her daughter was finally recognized with pneumonia and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the latter of which is certainly one of “three major viral threats” at present dealing with the province’s beleaguered health-care community, the opposite two being COVID-19 and influenza. 

For Jones’ half, she mentioned the present Progressive Conservative authorities was left “in dire need” of health-care investments when it was elected in 2018.

“We will continue to do what is right and what is needed,” she mentioned.

Ontario Health Minister Sylvia Jones speaks throughout query interval at Queen’s Park on Nov. 23, 2022.

Pediatric hospitals throughout Ontario have reported being overwhelmed in current weeks by a crush of sick sufferers contaminated with the flu and RSV.

To that finish, earlier this month, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa was pressured to open a second pediatric intensive care unit to handle the overflow whereas Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children introduced it might restrict surgical procedures in try to protect crucial care capability. 

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