Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

March 30, 2015 06:00 ET

Media Advisory: Sudbury residents among those busing to national health care day of action rally in North Bay tomorrow

SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 30, 2015) - Universal health care supporters from Sudbury will be among those from other northern Ontario communities, heading to North Bay tomorrow for a national health care day of action rally and a special mail delivery to Conservative MP Jay Aspin's North Bay.

March 31 is a national day of action to save public health care and similar rallies are happening at MPs' offices across Canada.

It's been a year since the federal 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.

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.

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.

Residents of Sudbury would see $165 million less in health funding. This is equal to a loss of 275 RPN staff, or 41 hospital beds or 259 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: Jay Aspin's office, 133 Main Street West, North Bay

Media are invited to attend.

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