Navjit Kaur – Brampton West – NDP

Dear Canadian Cancer Survivor Network (CCSN),
Thank you for your questions, and please see my responses below:
Question 1:
As a health care worker, I have seen the lack of resources and support from consecutive Liberal and Conservative governments to our healthcare system. People of Ontario, and the people of Brampton should not suffer from pain and long wait times for life-saving surgeries. An ONDP government will invest in our healthcare to make sure that people who require a surgery will get it on time. And an ONDP government will bring a new cancer centre to Brampton to ensure that families do not need to travel long distances to access the healthcare they need. We also know that Ontario needs more doctors and nurses to tackle the unprecedented waiting times for surgeries and we will fix that. The Ontario New Democrat government will rebuild Ontario cancer care for the better. We’ll tackle the backlog head-on, improve care in and out of hospital, improve screening with a special focus on hard-to-reach communities, and deliver care closer to home. We will expand operating room hours over the evenings and weekends to increase hospital capacity, engage in a health care worker hiring blitz, and create a centralized surgical referral system. We’ll make sure this gets done without privatizing our healthcare system.
Question 2:
Ensuring that families and individuals have the necessary screening and treatment available to them close to home is essential, and we commit to ensure everyone has access to comprehensive cancer treatment near where they live, so no one has to travel a long way to get essential care such as radiation treatment. Our plan to improve cancer care includes a new Cancer Centre in Brampton and improved capacity for diagnostic imaging across the province. ONDP will make take-home cancer drugs free regardless of your insurance and where you receive care. Our pharmacare plan will cover the full cost of take-home cancer drugs, ensuring no one pays out of pocket for this critical medication. We will properly fund public health education and prevention programs including screenings and tests to increase our resilience against cancer. We will ensure that future pandemic planning incorporates a plan to sustain cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment through any public health emergency.
Question 3:
I completely agree and understand how important it is that everyone in Brampton and in Ontario have a healthcare system that focuses of prevention of illnesses. Mammograms for women over the age of 40 is important to catch illness early and the Ontario NDP supports self-referral. This will not only make cancer care more equitable but also make resources of our public healthcare network better utilized by reducing the number of severe breast cancer cases.
Thank you for your advocacy,
Navjit Kaur
Brampton West Ontario NDP Candidate