MPP Wayne Gates, representing the Niagara Falls riding, is demanding that Doug Ford get the COVID crisis in Niagara under control, as doctors in the province take part in triage protocol training sessions.
“Frontline health care heroes are worried they’ll be forced to implement the triage protocol they’ve been briefed on. They don’t want to make the impossible decision of who is more worthy of life-saving care, like ventilators or trained ICU nurses,” said Gates.
“This government is directly responsible for the surge in COVID-19 cases and resulting deaths. They have repeatedly ignored the advice of public health experts. They are more concerned with how their stakeholders may react, than doing what is desperately needed to save lives and avoid having to use the triage protocol.”
Niagara has been a COVID hotspot, with 387 deaths. Some nurses are seeing two or three patients die per shift. Eighty-three patients have COVID.
Last week, Niagara Health announced that their intensive care unit capacity is at 104 per cent, level three ICU is at 164 per cent, and ICU vented bed capacity is at 125 per cent.
Lynn Guerriero, the president of Niagara Health said, “critical care capacity at Niagara Health is in a state of crisis. We’ve opened additional critical care beds in other areas of the hospital, but we have limited critical care-trained staff to further increase capacity.”
“This government calls them heroes, but refuses to listen to public health experts and take the actions needed to protect people, help nurses and save lives,” said Gates.
“Will the premier immediately implement provincial paid sick days, ensure paid time off to get a vaccine, close non-essential businesses, and get direct financial support to workers and small businesses?”
Dr. Irfan Dhalla, a physician and University of Toronto medical professor, said “it’s very worrying, when it becomes clear the cabinet isn’t making science-based decisions.”