Frustration rises in Mallorytown.
When the city’s only walk-in clinic closed in February, there was talk of recruiting new health professionals to fill the void.
But the village is still waiting.
Angie Cowan has been fighting for health care in Younge Township since late last year, when she learned that provincial budget cuts would result in Mallorytown, the center of the township, losing its only walk-in clinic you free.
She says since the clinic closed in February, the situation has only gotten more complicated for people living in rural areas.
“We now have to go to a private clinic, where we don’t even have a nurse, or we have to go to the emergency room,” she explained.
Cowan is not alone in this battle. Many people who used the clinic’s services, as well as the Front of Yonge city council, are lobbying the province.
Yonge Township Front Mayor Roger Haley said they were thrilled in February when MPP Steve Clark said Mallorytown would be first in line for funding for a new clinic staffed by a nurse practitioner, but almost 10 months later, the fully ready clinic remains empty. , and the residents of Mallorytown are not served.
“If it was announced today that we had the funding, we would still have to hire someone, so it could be months before we found someone,” Haley said.
Now, between the wait and inaction from the province, from Haley, from Cowan and from the hundreds of people who Haley says have used the clinic, frustration is mounting.
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“We’re just told, ‘Oh, we’re reviewing applications, we’re reviewing applications,’ and…nothing,” he said. “I just can’t understand. It is inconceivable that they could close a completely ready clinic. How they could have closed it, I just don’t understand.
However, this week at the Ontario Legislative Assembly, a face familiar to many Kingstonians took a stand on behalf of those fighting for health care in Mallorytown, as did Kingston’s MPP and the Islands, Ted Hsu.
“More people and more complex problems continue to crowd the Brockville emergency room. How often does this kind of thing happen in rural and northern Ontario? Hsu told the House of Commons on Tuesday.
Some welcome support, but with no action on the township’s request to open a nurse practitioner-led clinic in the spring, all they can do is wait.
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