September 12, 2016 13:38 ET
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 12, 2016) -
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With today's Throne Speech, the Wynne government is trying for a fresh start. If this is to succeed, some long-simmering health care issues must be addressed to realign her government's health policies with the values and priorities of Ontarians.
"More than eight years of austerity budgets in Ontario's public community hospitals has left a trail of service cuts, longer travel distances for patients and dangerous overcrowding," said Natalie Mehra, Executive Director of the Ontario Health Coalition. "As a priority, there must be a full moratorium of cuts, and a plan developed to rebuild capacity to meet Ontario's communities' needs -- that means both a fiscal plan that prioritizes people over Bay Street and financial interests, and a hospital capacity plan that moves money to care and restores services in Ontarians' home communities."
Though Ontarians are angry about hospital service cuts, and problems accessing care, on one hand, and exorbitant executive salaries at the very top ranks of public health care institutions, on the other, it is important also to note that we have seen some significant progress in some areas. Health Minister Eric Hoskins has taken on some courageous fights, has re-opened the doors of the Minister's office, has led in the campaign to achieve a public drug plan for all Canadians, has stopped private clinics, has strongly supported public health care in national and international forums, has begun to reform hospital transparency, and has started to move slightly on the hospital cuts. But there are urgent issues remaining, on which Ontarians need to see this government shift course.
Ontario Health CoalitionKim JohnstonCampaign Director416-441-2502 (office)647-381-7025 (cell)
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