Woman spends 24 hours in a chair in the ER at Welland hospital

QUEEN’S PARK – Welland MPP Cindy Forster says that Nancy Bilboe, a 68-year-old Welland woman, spent about 24 hours in the local ER receiving her medical care in a chair.


Bilboe was rushed to hospital in an ambulance late Sunday morning with severe stomach pains. She spent her first few hours at the hospital in a wheelchair in the waiting room, and then was moved to a reclining chair. She stayed in that chair in the busy, overcrowded ER for the rest of her 24-hour stay at the hospital.

“What Nancy went through, no one should have to go through,” said Forster, who brought Nancy’s case to the attention of the Liberal government during question period on Tuesday. “When she got to the ER, in pain, Nancy was put in a wheel chair in the waiting room where, for over four hours, she was moaning, vomiting, dry-heaving – without yet being admitted or given anything for her pain.”

Not only did Nancy receive her medical care in a chair in the ER instead of a bed in a room – she was told by the doctor that she should really have stayed in the hospital for further monitoring and pain management -- but that that there would likely be a two-day wait for a bed. Nancy went home.

“The Welland Hospital administrators and front-line health care professionals are doing their absolute best with the resources that have. But they’ve had too many years of budget cuts and freezes and they just can’t keep up any more,” said Forster. “We’ve seen the Conservatives closing hospitals and firing nurses, and instead of working to undo the damage done by the last Conservative government, Kathleen Wynne has made this crisis worse. It’s time to stop choosing between bad and worse – between Liberals and Conservatives – when it comes to health care in Ontario.”

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath has promised that an NDP government will end the hospital overcrowding crisis by ensuring hospital funding keeps pace with inflation, population growth and the unique needs of communities. She will immediately stop the cuts to front-line health care workers. The NDP knows that change for the better is possible in Ontario’s hospitals. Horwath has promised that health care will be a top priority for her party should the NDP form government in June.

“We have incredible health care professionals here in Ontario – let’s give them what they need to take care of everyone properly,” said Forster.




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