Kenora Chosen as Site for Ontario-Wide Tour Warning of Ontario Budget Cutbacks to Health Care
FOR: ONTARIO HEALTH COALITION
MAY 7, 2012 - 10:00 ET
KENORA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 7, 2012) -
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Most Ontarians don't realize that the McGuinty government's recent "austerity" budget will catapult the health system into another round of cuts and restructuring. With this warning, the Ontario Health Coalition is launching a 15 city tour across Ontario, including a town hall meeting in Kenora, to prepare citizens to stand up and protect local access to health care services.
"The government's budget for health care is worse than even the most radical of recommendations. With the harsh new budget, the government is planning another major round of cutbacks and restructuring that will particularly hurt patients who need hospital care, nursing home placements, outpatient clinics and long-term care," said Natalie Mehra, director of the Ontario Health Coalition.
"We are holding a town hall meeting to discuss the government's plans and what they might mean for our local communities," Mehra said. "With the town hall meeting, we will launching an action plan to protect Kenora's health services from further cuts."
"There is no question that we can succeed in protecting needed care in our local communities," she concluded. "But to do so, we need to be prepared and vigilant."
The coalition hopes that all community members who care about preserving public health care services will join the town hall meeting to hear updates about the budget cuts, give their input, and plan the fight-back campaign.
The town hall meeting will be held on Saturday June 2 at 1:00 pm - Best Western Lakeside Inn, Cascade Room, 470 First Ave. S.
Ontario Health Coalition