Ontario Health Coalition

Ontario Health Coalition

April 17, 2009 11:04 ET

Ontario Health Coalition Media Advisory: Kingston Joins Hospital Fight Back!

APRIL 18th: PROTESTS AT MCGUINTY MPP OFFICES ACROSS ONTARIO TO STOP HOSPITAL CUTS

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 17, 2009) -

Attn: Photo Opportunity

Residents of Kingston will gather outside Liberal MPP John Gerretsen's office, at 11:00 a.m., in protest of hospital cuts. The McGuinty government has set hospital global budgets at below the rate of inflation. The result is that more than 70 per cent of Ontario's hospitals are projected to be in deficit this year. Hospitals are required by the McGuinty government to eliminate their deficits even if it means cutting medically needed beds and services. Communities facing major cuts to their hospitals are being forced to deal with longer wait times, lost capacity, overcrowding, higher infection rates and having to pay out of pocket expenses. On April 18th Ontario Health Coalition members and allies are bringing the message to local Liberal government MPPs to insist that they hear legitimate community concerns about cuts to our hospital services.

PHOTO/TV(i): Each local health coalition, "friends of" hospital group or concerned citizens' committee has created visuals for the protest and there will be photo opportunities for both print and broadcast television.



What: On April 18th, communities from across the province who are
facing major hospital cuts or closures of entire hospitals will be
holding protests at their nearest McGuinty government MPP office.

Why: Consistent and intentional underfunding of hospital global budgets
by the McGuinty government are forcing a level of cuts to beds and
services not seen since the unprecedented Harris cuts of the
mid-'90s. Small and rural hospitals are under threat of closure,
emergency rooms are being closed, mass layoffs are being
announced, and services are being privatized, cut and/or
centralized in hospitals far from patients' homes. The situation
is slated to get worse in the fiscal year from April 1, 2009 -
March 31, 2010 as more than 70% of hospitals will be thrown into
deficit unless the government improves funding. (Ontario hospitals
have been shrinking as a percentage of the provincial budget for
more than 20 years.) For Ontario residents in both rural and urban
communities, hospital cuts mean lost capacity, longer waits,
worse overcrowding, traveling further, higher infection rates,
and paying out of pocket.

When: Saturday April 18, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.

Where: MPP John Gerretsen's office
303 Bagot Street at the Lasalle Mews
Kingston, Ontario


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