November 21, 2012 15:07 ET
Community meetings announced at a media conference tomorrow
PERTH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2012) - A community campaign to stop $4 million in service cuts at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital will begin with a direct appeal to area MPP Randy Hillier asking him to fight for the needed provincial funding, so surgeries and other services aren't cut say organizers. At media conferences in Perth and Smiths Falls tomorrow, they will announce details of the campaign to stop the cuts. In addition to a post card appeal for Hillier to intervene at the provincial level, the campaign will, among other outreach include community meetings with the Ontario Health Coalition, in the New Year.
If the cuts go through, non-emergency surgery operating rooms at both hospitals will be closed for one more week per year. Hip, knee and cataract surgeries, palliative care, diagnostic imaging, food services, and pharmacy will be cut. Additionally, 12 beds will be closed and up to 32 jobs will be cut.
"These are sweeping cuts that threaten the viability of both the hospital sites. We are urging Mr. Hillier to stand up for Perth and Smiths Falls residents and demand adequate provincial funding so there are no service cuts. This is what other MPPs have done," says Michael Hurley, the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
Media conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 22, 2012.
Stella YeadonCUPE Communications(416) 559-9300
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