From Sue Hotte, Niagara Health Coalition, a citizens organization fighting for quality, public health care services in Niagara
Posted April 24th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
Welland, Ontario – Niagara residents have been hard hit by the provincial government’s decision not to properly fund hospitals.
Kevin Smith’s Report advocated for the closure of five hospitals once a new hospital is built in Niagara Falls. In 2013, Fort Erie and Port Colborne lost their operating rooms and emergency departments.
In 2014, Niagara on the Lake lost all its beds and is scheduled to close. This month, staff were told at the Port Colborne hospital that the 48 complex care beds would be moved to Douglas Memorial in Fort Erie. Both Fort Erie and Port Colborne have populations of over 20,000. The Welland hospital servicing over 94,000 people in its catchement area is on the chopping block.
Ontario is currently in the ninth consecutive year of real-dollar cuts to global hospital budgets, the longest stretch in Ontario’s history. These cuts mean that hospitals across the province, cannot keep up even with basic inflation. Hospitals have been cut to the point of dangerous overcrowding and understaffing and patients are paying the price.
On Monday April 25, details about a volunteer-led, cross-Ontario referendum taking place in Niagara and conjointly in communities all across Ontario, will be announced .
When: Monday April 25, 10:30 am
Where: In front of the Welland Hospital , 477 King St. Welland
Who: Niagara Health Coalition , Ontario Health Coalition and Save the Welland Hospital
Speakers: Connie Butler, Henry Miron, Ron Walker – Niagara Health Coalition, Frank Campion- Mayor of Welland, April Jeffs – Mayor of Wainfleet
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