Speeding Up Access to Care For Barrie Families

    Premier McGuinty Thanks Local Health Care Workers For Improving Care

    BARRIE, ON, April 20 /CNW/ - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty visited the
Royal Victoria Hospital today, and thanked local nurses, doctors and health
care professionals for working hard to ensure patients get faster care, closer
to home.
    "Together with Barrie's dedicated health professionals, we're working
hard to speed up access to care for families in the region," said Premier
McGuinty. "For every person who walks through these doors, lower wait times
mean local results - results people can count on and we can be proud of."
    Premier McGuinty made his remarks during a tour of the hospital, where he
joined health care workers, community members and local officials.
    Since coming to office, the government has funded over 16,500 additional
medical procedures in Barrie. These procedures have helped to speed up access
to care. As a result, patients at the Royal Victoria Hospital are getting:

    -   Cancer surgeries 58 days faster
    -   Cataract surgery 35 days sooner
    -   Hip replacements 155 days earlier
    -   Knee replacements 251 days quicker
    -   MRI and CT scans 209 and 67 days faster.

    "Patients are getting the care they need faster, thanks to the efforts of
front-line health care workers in Barrie and across the province," said George
Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. "We are proud of what we've
achieved through our Wait Times Strategy and we will continue to build on our
    "Janice Skot, CEO of the Royal Victoria Hospital, has led with great
conviction and a sense of values," said Dr. Alan Hudson, Lead of Ontario's
Wait Times Strategy. "The rubber hits the road when health transformation
policies are operationalized at the hospital level and a large team of
providers got behind Janice to ensure success."
    Providing better access to care is just the latest way the McGuinty
government is working on the side of Ontario families concerned about their
health. Other initiatives include:

    -   Creating 150 Family Health Teams to help improve access to doctors,
        nurses and other health care professionals for more Ontarians
    -   Guaranteeing nursing graduates will start in full-time positions
        beginning this year
    -   Passing the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which bans smoking in public
        places and workspaces.

    "Speeding up access means more patients can get back to their normal
lives, earlier," said Premier McGuinty. "That's why we're working to build a
stronger, more sustainable health care system that will be here for
generations to come."

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