Peggy Sattler MPP, London West

Government of Ontario

Fund Public ORs like London's Nazem Kadri Centre

Published on February 27, 2023

QUEEN'S PARK - Cathy has been waiting for a knee replacement since 2019 and she asked me about accessing knee surgery at the Nazem Kadri Centre for ambulatory care - a publicly funded, scalable model that can solve the surgical waitlist crisis here in Ontario and help people like Cathy get the surgeries they need.

Investments in facilities like the Nazem Kadri Centre will save public dollars. But instead of approving the funding for the Nazem Kadri Centre to expand their ORs, the government is looking to shift public dollars to private, investor-owned corporations where shareholders will make the profits—and patients won’t get the relief that they need.

I urged the government to support our motion to fund and fully utilize public operating rooms instead of moving to further privatize hospital operating room services.