Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

March 30, 2015 06:00 ET

Media Advisory/National day of action to save our public health care system: Roxanne James gets special mail delivery, rally at her Scarborough office tomorrow

SCARBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 30, 2015) - Busloads of universal health care supporters will hold a rally and make a special mail delivery to Conservative MP Roxanne James' Scarborough office tomorrow (March 31), the national day of action to save public health care.

It's been a year since James' Conservative government killed the Health Accord with the provinces. Since then, under a new plan for federal health funding Ontario has seen a $319 million funding drop.

With a public health care system that is already dangerously overstretched, the federal Conservative's plan an estimated $36 billion in cuts over a ten year span. This will mean longer wait times and less care for patients.

Under the new scheme Ontario will get $13.95 billion less for health services over the next ten years. That's equal to 3,475 fewer hospital beds, or 23,253 fewer registered practical nurses (RPNs) every year for ten years.

Residents of James' Scarborough Centre riding would see $115 million less in health funding. This is equal to a loss of 192 RPN staff, or 29 hospital beds or 158 long-term care beds every year for the next ten years.

Rally to save our health care system

Who: Universal health care supporters, Council of Canadians, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
When: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 12 noon -1 p.m.
Where: Roxanne James' office, 1450 Midland Avenue, Scarborough
Guest Speakers: Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition
Candace Rennick, CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer

Media are invited to attend.

Contact Information

  • Stella Yeadon
    CUPE Communications
    416.559.9300
    saveourhealthcare.ca