MPP McNaughton calls for Health Minister resignation
Windsor Regional Hospital CEO, David Musyj, has confirmed that the culture at Ontario’s scandal-plagued air ambulance remains one of negligence, incompetence and corruption.
“The Minister of Health has refused to heed the warnings of frontline paramedics, pilots and nurses who have repeatedly raised serious concerns about patient safety at Ornge,” said PC MPP Monte McNaughton. “We sincerely hope that she’ll listen to the CEO of a major regional hospital who has witnessed first hand Ornge’s inability to respond to emergencies.”
An ongoing series in the Windsor Star has recently brought to light several incidents whereby patient care and overall safety suffered as a result of the corruption and mismanagement at Ornge.
“The Minister claims to have fixed the problems at Ornge but each day we learn of more egregious examples of patients being unnecessarily put at risk,” McNaughton said. “It’s undeniable that patients have died because of problems at Ornge and there is absolutely no sign whatsoever that the Minister has taken serious action to address the situation.”
Mr. Musyj recounted several cases whereby he and his medical staff at Windsor Regional Hospital witnessed serious operational gaps at Ornge. In one instance, Musyj was forced to pay $500 out of his own pocket to pay for a hospital nurse to supplement an understaffed Ornge crew that responded to an emergency call.
“Ontario’s air ambulance service is in total disrepair and patients are suffering as a result,” added McNaughton. “Minister Matthews must be accountable to the people of Windsor, Southwestern Ontario and all of Ontario who no longer have confidence in her and in her ability to manage Ornge.”
“It is time for the Minister to step aside,” concluded McNaughton.