Save Our Niagara Hospitals – Keep the Pressure on Ontario’s Premier and Health Minister

A Call-Out Message from Sue Hotte and the citizens-based Niagara Health Coalition

Posted June 4th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Our May 31st media day was very successful.  Both Ontario opposition parties support keeping the Welland Hospital open.

A File Photo from one of a number of past rallies for saving Niagara’s hospitals

  The Minister of Health, Eric Hoskins , was under a lot of pressure during Question Period.  I’ve attached a copy of the dialogue and you can see that he stated that he was committed to doing everything that he can to keep the Welland hospital open. He also stated that there was no commitment in the near future to close the hospital. We all know that it is impossible to close the hospital prior to the new Niagara falls hospital opening.

WE do need to keep the pressure on the Minister and the Liberals. Working together we can make it happen.

The Niagara Health System and the LHIN keep telling us that they have community involvement in their decisions.  Problem is that very few people are aware of when these meetings occur. The other problem is that the questions are phrased in such a way as to ensure that the NHS and the LHIN get the answers that they want.

The Minister of Health talks about community engagement and working to keep the hospital open. Our petition of 13,000 signatures and the 2500 letters he and the Premier received this week are having an effect on him.  WE need to keep the pressure on him and the Premier. 

Please take a few minutes and send an email to the Premier and the Minister of Health, to the NHS and the LHIN.  Firstly the Welland hospital serves over 100,000 people .

Secondly, the area has a high percentage of seniors and more young families are moving into the area due to affordable prices and access to health services, 

Thirdly, industry is moving in and quick access to ER is an important consideration in their site location. Fourthly, transportation and access to these services is a huge issue: poor regional transit, the impediment of the Welland Canal and high cost of taxis etc.

Finally, the hospitals in Niagara are already at 125% over capacity, wait times are huge and there are not enough beds to meet the current need.  In fact the NHS own plan is to add over 250 beds 5-7 years after the Niagara Falls hospital is open.  that’s more beds than the Welland hospital presently has. Our health services are compromised because of a  poor report written by the currentt CEO of the Niagara Health System, Kevin Smith.

Email Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at premier@ontario.ca

Ontario HealthMinister Eric Hoskins’s emil address is: ehoskins.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

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One response to “Save Our Niagara Hospitals – Keep the Pressure on Ontario’s Premier and Health Minister

  1. Linda McKellar

    “No commitment in the near future to close the hospital.”
    That sounds very much like, “We are committed to keeping Fort Erie and Port Colborne full service hospitals”. We all know what happened there.

    The number of retirees moving into Niagara and Fort Erie (Ridgeway by the Lake for example) is astounding. Every inch of vacant land Is being used for new housing developments and thousands are moving into the area. Many units are presold. Retirees need health care.

    125% capacity! That is like cramming 50 people into a Volkswagen Beetle and cruising down the 401. A matter of time before people die.

    Transportation! What transportation? If you don’t have family in an emergency you are screwed.

    Thanks Kevin Smith. I wouldn’t put him in charge of the SPCA. Wonder how much he was paid to speed up the demise of our local health care resources.

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