Lee Parker of Ottawa had to wait 48 hours in the Emergency Room before being admitted for heart attack complications. He watched other patients come in, but since there was no room for them, they lay on gurneys in the hall. These are the effects of the government’s cuts to hospital budgets. Lee’s wife, Nancy, has started protesting the cuts with a local group of healthcare activists. Several staff positions are projected to be eliminated to balance the hospital budget, while overcrowding and emergency wait times continue in Ontario and across Canada. The Parkers are shocked that there is not more outcry from the public.
Feibel, Adam. “Ottawa couple speaks out against hospital cuts after 48-hour wait in ER.” Local News. Ottawa Citizen, 10 Jun 2015. Web. 17 Jun 2015.