Ontario Health Coalition

Ontario Health Coalition

May 16, 2016 13:06 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: Orillia Joins Referendum Initiative to Save Local Hospitals

ORILLIA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 16, 2016) -

Attn: Assignment Editor

The newly-minted Orillia Health Coalition is announcing its plans for the grassroots referendum to safeguard and restore local community hospital services from cuts. They will be holding a media event and are available for interviews regarding this ambitious and unique initiative.

Volunteers in more than 20 communities across Ontario have launched the cross-province volunteer-led referendum. Momentum continues to build as more and more communities join in the mass vote.

Public hospitals across Ontario are experiencing devastating cuts. Ontario is currently in the ninth consecutive year of real-dollar cuts to global hospital budgets, the longest stretch in Ontario's history. These cuts mean that local public hospitals across the province cannot keep up even with basic inflation. Hospitals have been cut to the point of dangerous overcrowding and understaffing and patients are paying the price.

Soldiers' Memorial Hospital in Orillia is facing the following:

  • Closure of 16-bed Complex Continuing Care Unit, impacting seniors and those with chronic care needs.
  • 35 full-time equivalent staff positions to be cut, equaling 70,000 hours/year of hands-on patient care.
  • Chemotherapy to be cut one day/week. More patients will have to travel to Barrie to receive the care they need.
  • Cafeteria to be closed on weekend, impacting staff and visitors.
  • Potential other cuts, yet to be announced.
What Media event announcing plans to join Ontario-wide volunteer-led referendum and launch newly-formed Orillia Health Coalition.
Who Orillia Health Coalition & Ontario Health Coalition.
When Tuesday May 17, 10:30 a.m.
Where Outside of Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, Colborne St. W. (near the Emergency Department sign).

Contact Information

  • Lynne Hancock
    Co-chair
    Orillia Health Coalition
    705-259-2750

    Natalie Mehra
    Executive director
    Ontario Health Coalition
    416-441-2502 (office)
    416-230-6402 (cell)