Ontario Health Coalition

Ontario Health Coalition

April 17, 2009 11:22 ET

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

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

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

Attn: Photo Opportunity

Residents of Quinte, Picton and Belleville will gather outside Liberal MPP Leona Dombrowsky's office, at 12:00 p.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 12:00 p.m.

Where: MPP Leona Dombrowsky's
81 millennium Parkway, Unit 3
Belleville, Ontario


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