Liberal candidate calls for hospital in West Windsor

The Liberal candidate in Windsor West is calling for another hospital in the city.

With more than 120,000 people living on the west side, Linda McCurdy believes the area needs an urgent care centre, a place to go for injuries that are not life-threatening but require attention immediately.

She says she’s not opposed to the new hospital on County Road 42 but believes there should be a facility to treat sprains, burns, and other injuries that can’t wait for an appointment.

McCurdy points out the Muskoka Region has helped the population of West Windsor and has a commitment to build two new hospitals.

“Why could an area as small as Muskoka be recognized as needing two hospitals, yet a city the size of Windsor, with all the challenges in the core, is only expected to have one?” she asked.

Not all injuries that require immediate attention warrant to an ambulance, but one in ten west side residents rely on Windsor Transit to get around. Currently, it does not offer service to County Road 42 and doesn’t operate around the clock.

The cost of a taxi ride is at least $30. The drive is at least 30 minutes, and if you do call an ambulance, you could be charged $45. McCurdy argues the cost puts it out of reach of many living in West Windsor, where a third of children live below the poverty line.

McCurdy is running against Progressive Conservative candidate John Leontowicz, Jeremy Palko of the Ontario Party, the Green Party’s Krysta Glovasky, Joshua Griffin from the New Blue Party, and NDP incumbent Lisa Gretzky.

The Ontario Election is Thursday, June 2. Polls open at 9 am and close at 9 pm

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