Ontario children are victims of a health care crisis that the COVID-19 pandemic is only making worse. For some, it’s a matter of life and death. Parents across the country are already witnessing the repercussions of the pandemic on our children’s mental health, development and physical well-being. Ontario’s leading children’s healthcare providers are warning the Ontario government that a generation of lives is at stake if we don’t act now.
The Children’s Health Coalition, a growing collective including Children’s Mental Health Ontario, SickKids, CHEO, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, McMaster Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, Empowered Kids Ontario, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario and front-line health care professionals. It is calling on the Ontario government immediately make substantive investments in children’s health care to alleviate the suffering of more than 160,000 children and families who are desperately waiting for mental health treatment, hospital surgeries and procedures, child development and rehabilitation services, and pediatric home care services.
The Coalition is hosting the Kids in CrisisTown Hall open to all concerned Ontarians about the state of our children’s health on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 7 p.m. ET. Coalition members are calling on the Ontario government to invest $375 million in children’s health and social care.
How the town hall works:
On September 17, just before 7pm, we will call you at the number you register at and connect you to the virtual town hall. You’ll hear the town hall on your phone and be able to ask questions of our panel by pressing a few buttons. We will also send you information on how to listen online and how to call-in if you miss our call.