Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP says it's unacceptable that some patients continue to fall victim to delayed access to surgeries.

The MPP's comments come as a senior patient in Owen Sound was told to wait 14 months for cataract surgery, which is double the provincial benchmark and three times over the national wait time average.

"Mr. Birch could go blind while waiting to access health care," Walker said in today's question period at Queen's Park. "After 12 years in government and 10 years since launching your Wait Time Strategy, is a 14-month wait the best you can do?"

But health minister Eric Hoskins failed to answer why his wait time strategy was faltering and wait times of 420 days were unavoidable in some Ontario regions.

"The Liberal government is failing to meet its own Cataract Surgery targets and can't say why wait times have more than doubled, from 180 to 420 days for some constituents," Walker said. "The minister's silence is causing our patients harm and putting their health in jeopardy."


source: media release, Bill Walker, MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound