Gary Burns of Kenora's mad. The heart patient was recently taken by air ambulance to Toronto, then left to his own devices.

"The two doctors gave me an hour to make up my mind. They did not tell me, once I walked out that door, I was on my own," he said Friday.

His special guest, as he told his story, was Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath.

"So, no access to air ambulance or any other supports or services to make sure you go home safe," she asked.

Fortunately, Burns was able to get help from West Jet staff, who made sure he got back to Winnipeg safely.

“The good news is that we don’t have to choose between bad and worse,” said Horwath, as she moved into campaign mode. “We can do more to deliver health care close to home for the people of Kenora.”

In a prepared statement, the party released their five-point plan to improve health care in the Kenora area:

  • Prioritizing better health care closer to home, including attracting more physicians to the area, and investing in long-term care and home care
  • Investing in Kenora’s Lake of the Woods District Hospital and guaranteeing that funding always keeps up with inflation, the aging population, and the unique needs of the community
  • Making it easier for residents to get health care in Manitoba when appropriate
  • A Universal pharmacare drug plan and dental care plan for everyone, plus 70 new public dental clinics and seven mobile dental buses to better serve remote and rural communities
  • More mental health care and addictions supports

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