Peaceful march follows death at new ‘P3’ centre



Tony Bock/torstar news service


Roughly 1,500 people marched along Queen Street East yesterday to protest staff shortages and long wait times at the new Brampton Civic Hospital.

Another untimely death at Brampton Civic Hospital — the second in less than a month — spurred 1,500 marchers who rallied to protest the shortage of staff and beds, long wait times, as well as lack of funding at the new facility.

Organized by a grassroots group calling itself Bramptonians for Better Healthcare, marchers staged a peaceful rally.

Virtually all the marchers were from the area’s large South Asian community, which helped to raise millions for the hospital, and also feels betrayed the hospital was built as a public-private partnership after the Liberals campaigned against so-called P3 projects in the 2003 election, said Jagtar Shergill of the Brampton Health Coalition.

among the demands

  • Bramptonians for Better Healthcare has a list of five demands, including reduced wait times in emergency, reported to be up to 24 hours in some cases.