April 04, 2014 14:55 ET
Hugely Successful Volunteer-Led Referendum on Hospital Cuts and Private Clinics Culminates with Media Conference Monday April 7 to Release Results
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 4, 2014) -
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What At highly visual media conferences this Monday April 7, the Ontario Health Coalition and local health coalitions will release the vote results of the province-wide volunteer-led referendum.
Background After learning that the Ontario government plans to cut local public hospital services and contract them out to private clinics, the Ontario Health Coalition met with government officials to raise serious concerns about private clinics charging user fees to patients, quality & safety issues, inappropriate billings, poor governance structures, worsening of staffing shortages in hospitals, destabilization of hospital budgets and the impact on patients who will have to travel further to high-volume centres for services. The government would not stop the private clinics plan, though it has an easy solution of setting up such clinics under the public governance of local hospitals. So the Ontario Health Coalition working with thousands of volunteers has organized a volunteer-led cross-province referendum.
Concerned individuals have distributed leaflets door-to-door, in local community agencies, in businesses and churches and temples. Advance polls have been held in workplaces, businesses, schools and universities. Voting stations in local businesses were open on Saturday in cities across Ontario.
Ontario Health CoalitionNatalie MehraExecutive director416-441-2502 (office) or 416-230-6402 (cell)Ontario Health CoalitionSue Hotte(905) 932-1646 françaisOntario Health CoalitionKingsley Kwok(416) 835-3377 Cantoneseohc@sympatico.cawww.ontariohealthcoalition.ca
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