Chapter activist Roy Brady
The Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter is commenting on the Ontario government's budget for hospitals in the province.
Yesterday, Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered the provincial budget which includes a 3.1 per cent increase in spending on hospitals. That amounts to about $518 million in additional funding this year after four years of flatlined spending.
The Peterborough Examiner reports, "It's about time the province starts spending on hospitals, said Roy Brady, chairman of the local chapter of Council of Canadians. 'This is coming after years of hardly anything (for hospitals)', he said. Brady is a constant watchdog of the hospital budget. He would have liked to see funding specifically to reduce wait times at emergency departments. Instead the province is handing over money to hospitals with crowded ERs and hoping administrators will deal with the problem. 'They're saying, 'OK you guys - fix it,', Brady said."