Statement by Ontario Health Minister on Supporting Children in Need of Medical Attention as a Result of Conflict

August 5, 2014 11:55 a.m.

Today Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, issued the following statement on supporting children in need of medical attention as a result of conflict in the Middle East: 

"It is with deep sadness that I've watched recent news reports of children impacted by the conflict in the Middle East. My heart goes out to all those who are suffering on both sides of the conflict. I continue to hope for a peaceful solution.

As someone who has treated patients in conflict zones, I have a deep understanding of the devastating impact war can have on children. As Ontarians, we are fortunate to have world-class facilities that can provide high quality care to children in need. I believe that we have a moral responsibility to, when asked, step up to provide what assistance we can.

We received a formal request from Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish to make the necessary resources available to allow our hospitals to support kids who need medical attention due the conflict. We have engaged with our partners in the health system and are pleased to do what we can to help meet the needs of any child, whether Palestinian or Israeli.

We are taking a compassionate approach to the situation and will use the expertise of Ontario's medical system to support the kids who need our help. The Ontario government will work closely with our partners in the health care system and the federal government to provide this much needed support."


" Hamilton Health Sciences has always supported children and families around the world through the extraordinary humanitarian outreach efforts of our staff and the specialized pediatric care we provide at McMaster Children's Hospital. We believe in compassion and will work in partnership to provide care for children affected by this crisis."
- Rob MacIsaac
President and Chief Executive Officer Hamilton Health Sciences

" Together with our pediatric teaching hospital partners, Kingston General Hospital is pleased to be part of this provincial humanitarian care effort. Our specialty teams provide exceptional pediatric trauma care and we are ready to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care to children beyond our borders."
- Leslee Thompson
President and Chief Executive Officer, Kingston General Hospital

" Many of our staff and physicians go abroad to volunteer their expertise as part of CHEO’s vision to change young lives here and around the world. They will be pleased to be able to make that same kind of impact right here at home, working with hospital partners from across the province to answer this call for humanitarian assistance."
- Alex Munter
President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

" Consistent with our vision of healthier children, a better world, SickKids has a long and proud history of providing highly specialized care to eligible children from around the globe. We believe every child deserves access to high quality healthcare, including those who are injured as a result of conflict."
- Dr. Michael Apkon
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hospital for Sick Children

" London Health Sciences Centre is pleased to be working closely with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and our peer hospitals to respond to the call to assist with the international humanitarian relief effort to provide care and treatment for children who have been seriously injured as a result of conflict. Staff and physicians at London Health Sciences Centre’s Children's Hospital provide compassionate and high quality care in many specialized areas including paediatric trauma and intensive care."
- Murray Glendining
President and Chief Executive Officer London Health Sciences Centre

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