Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

October 05, 2007 10:30 ET

Hampton Demands an end to Health Care Dollar Spending on Profits

SARNIA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2007) - Speaking next to the Bluewater Health community hospital site this morning, Ontario NDP Leader Howard Hampton and Sarnia-Lambton NDP Candidate Barb Millitt demanded an end to the privatization of Ontario's public health care system, and insisted the hospital be built publicly, now - without delay.

"In 2003, the McGuinty Liberals promised to end the creeping privatization of health care, but Ontario families are now paying more and getting less for their investment in health care. We've seen a constant increase in the role of the private sector in our public health care system and an ever-growing list of services that working families are being forced to cover out of pocket," said Hampton.

Bluewater Health is one of the 30 private, for-profit hospitals being built by the McGuinty Liberals. This week, the Sarnia Observer revealed a memo from the Liberal Health Minister George Smitherman that the cost of the hospital has doubled, from $135 million to $276 million, without any explanation for the dramatic cost increase. Despite denying any knowledge of cost overruns, the local MPP, Caroline DiCocco, was copied on the memo.

"What has happened in Sarnia with Bluewater Health is indicative of Dalton McGuinty's leadership. Several members of his Cabinet, including the local MPP, knew about the exploding costs of this hospital and kept that information from the public. The Sarnia cost overruns are yet another example of runaway costs at 'alternative financing and procurement' projects favoured by the McGuinty Liberals," said Hampton.

"Every dollar wasted on expensive private money building projects is another dollar that can't be put into patient care. Our taxes are supposed to be ensuring we have the services working families need. Not being poured into the pockets of private builders."

The NDP will ensure that every provincial health dollar is invested in public health care, and will re-list health care services like physiotherapy, chiropractic care and eye exams, to make life more affordable.

"Working families must have access to quality public health care when they need it. That's why I am calling on Ontarians not to give Dalton McGuinty and private hospital builders a blank cheque. The only way to make sure Dalton McGuinty doesn't let you down again by further privatizing public health care is to vote NDP," said Hampton.

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