VIDEO: Wilson fights for constituent’s health care needs
(September 14, 2015) Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson rose in the Legislature today to question the government on why Wasaga Beach resident Jim Lees can't get a long-term care bed.
"In May, I asked the government why my constituent, Mr. Jim Lees, who was classified as a crisis patient by the Community Care Access Centre, has to wait several months for a long-term care bed," Wilson said. "In June I asked the government again about Mr. Lees. In July I wrote to the Premier directly. I have followed up with the minister's office and the ministry and the government each week since July. Yet the government still has done nothing to help this man. Now here we are in September and the plight of this poor man remains the same. He is no closer to a bed in a long-term care facility. So I ask, Mr. Speaker, Minister, when can Mr. Lees expect some help? When can Mr. Lees expect to get a bed in a long-term care facility in this province?"
Health Minister Eric Hoskins responded on behalf of the government, saying he would be happy to follow up on the matter. Wilson continued to press the Minister.
"Minister, you gave me that assurance three times already in this House over the last six months. It's getting to be to be ridiculous. I'm a former Minister of Health. If I did the job that you're doing, I'd have been fired as Minister of Health," Wilson said.
Mr. Lees has applied to 16 long-term care facilities and each one of them has said they don't have the resources to provide the care he needs. Wilson said it's disgraceful that a resident of Ontario is treated so poorly.
"I say it shines a light on a Liberal health care system that isn't meeting the needs of people," Wilson said. "This husband, this father, this man who worked hard all his life and was a volunteer in the community, deserves better."