Monday, July 22, 2024
ADVT 
National

NDP want emergency debate on private health care

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 30 Jan, 2023 10:54 AM
  • NDP want emergency debate on private health care

OTTAWA - Federal New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh says he will call on the House of Commons to hold an emergency debate on the privatization of health care.

It’s a top priority for the leader as members of Parliament return to the House Monday following a holiday break.

Singh spent some of that time away holding round table discussions on health care in British Columbia to discuss emergency room overcrowding and worker shortages.

Singh says health care is already understaffed and he believes for-profit facilities will poach doctors and nurses away from hospitals.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government announced earlier this month that it’s moving some procedures to publicly funded, private facilities to address a growing surgery waitlist, which worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Provinces like Alberta and Saskatchewan have already made similar moves.

“Health care is already dramatically understaffed, and for-profit facilities will poach doctors and nurses — cannibalizing hospitals, forcing people to wait longer in pain and wracked with anxiety,” Singh said in a statement to The Canadian Press.

The NDP say they're also concerned that private facilities will upsell patients for brands and services not covered by the province, and tack on extra fees and services.

On Saturday Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said his Liberal government will ensure people don’t use their credit cards for health-care services and health care will remain universally public.

If Singh’s request for an emergency debate is granted it could go ahead as early as Monday evening.

MORE National ARTICLES

Canadian police chiefs speak out on Nichols' death

Canadian police chiefs speak out on Nichols' death
The condemnation of the actions that led to Tyre Nichols' death came as authorities in Memphis, Tenn., released a video of what happened. The footage shows officers holding Nichols down and striking him repeatedly as he screamed for his mother.    

Canadian police chiefs speak out on Nichols' death

Dix 'delighted' premiers will meet PM on health

Dix 'delighted' premiers will meet PM on health
Adrian Dix says the premiers had long been asking to meet Justin Trudeau as they call on Ottawa to boost its contributions through the Canada Health Transfer. Dix says a "major impediment" has been overcome simply by agreeing to sitting down at the Feb. 7 talks in Ottawa, as the premiers had been asking to meet for two years.

Dix 'delighted' premiers will meet PM on health

129 cattle seized from B.C. property: SPCA

129 cattle seized from B.C. property: SPCA
They were also suffering from a range of medical issues, including untreated eye infections, lameness, inflamed udders, overgrown hoofs and diarrhea. The statement says "numerous carcasses" of dead cows were also discovered on the property.

129 cattle seized from B.C. property: SPCA

FortisBC Holdings to collaborate with First Nation

FortisBC Holdings to collaborate with First Nation
FortisBC Holdings says it respects Snuneymuxw's rights in relation to the potential effects of the project and is committed to sharing project benefits with the First Nation. It says Snuneymuxw has committed to supporting the projects and participating in the required regulatory processes.

FortisBC Holdings to collaborate with First Nation

Is COVID-19 still a global health emergency?

Is COVID-19 still a global health emergency?
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will make the final call based on the advice the committee gives him. He warned earlier this week that he remains concerned about the impact of the virus, noting there were 170,000 deaths from COVID-19 reported around the world in the last two months.

Is COVID-19 still a global health emergency?

Trudeau tells Liberal caucus to 'meet the moment'

Trudeau tells Liberal caucus to 'meet the moment'
Trudeau says his party will push for improvements in public health-care, build a green economy and continue to support Ukraine following Russia's invasion. He encouraged his caucus to build an economy that works for the middle class, and that will benefit future generations.

Trudeau tells Liberal caucus to 'meet the moment'

PrevNext