NICKEL BELT — The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) revealed Wednesday that 400,000 mammograms were missed during the pandemic. Official Opposition Health Care Critic France Gélinas released the following statement in response:
"Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women. Missing 400,000 mammograms means many people will be diagnosed too late to save their lives. They will lose years of healthy living, and years of watching their loved ones grow. Adding to that sorrow is the agony of having to wait far too long to get treatment after you are diagnosed. Imagine how scary it must be to wait while your cancer grows and spreads.
This horrific information from the OMA is also a shocking warning about the direction Ontario will keep heading in as long as the Doug Ford government continues to make the staffing crisis worse.
To get all patients the diagnostics, surgery and treatment they need without dangerous waits, we need to staff up the system by scrapping Ford's wage-capping Bill 124, and finally giving frontline health care workers the wages, incentives and respect they deserve."