'I thought we were in a third-world country': Ontario emergency room wait times spike
2019-01-04 from citynews.ca
If you had to go to a hospital emergency room through the holidays, chances are you had a long wait to see a doctor.
CityNews has brought you many stories of overcrowding over the past few years and the latest numbers show it’s getting worse – with more patients coming for treatment, and waiting longer than ever to be treated by a doctor.
Shellann Wallace saw that first-hand when she took her 18-year-old daughter to Humber River Hospital on the Friday evening before Christmas.
Her daughter was born with a heart condition and was having chest pains, but Wallace said they waited almost seven hours before seeing a doctor.
“I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I thought we were in a third-world country. I was appalled at what was going on and there was basically nothing to be done. There was only one doctor … he looked helpless.”
“There was basically over 100 people in there,” she explained. “There were people standing, children from a few months old to senior citizens. We were left there just standing and waiting … there were seniors there crying.”
Wallace said frustrations boiled over several times throughout the night and security even had to be called.
A spokesperson for Humber River told CityNews they have had the highest volume of patients on record. Numbers from the Ministry of Health and Long Term care show several other GTA hospitals are also over capacity, including North York General, Scarborough Health Network, and Mississauga Trillium.
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