Ford Government to Axe Ontario’s Ambulance Services

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario shocked by Ford’s eliminating 42 of 52 land ambulance services

A News Release from Ontario’s NDP Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

Posted April 16th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

Queen’s Park — NDP Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath was deeply troubled to learn Tuesday that Doug Ford’s cuts to frontline healthcare will include axing 42 of the province’s 52 land ambulance services in a massive cut to essential emergency services, according to an internal memo from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).

“With each passing day, it’s clearer that the Ford Government’s reckless and dangerous cuts to frontline health care are going to hurt families across Ontario,” said Horwath.

“Yesterday, Dr. David Mowat, the former Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, described plans to eliminate public health units as ‘dangerous,’ and now we learn that the government has plans to dramatically cut land ambulance services.”

Niagara Region Ambulance responding to medical emergency

An internal AMO memo reveals the Ford government didn’t consult with municipalities on this disastrous decision – in fact, local governments only found out Monday. The AMO memo also said the Ford government has failed to provide any information on how they plan to carry out restructuring, how the decision was made or what implications this will have for funding or quality of service.

Horwath put the question to the Ford Conservatives at Queens Park on Tuesday.

“Can the Ford government tell families across Ontario how long they will have to wait for an ambulance under their new reckless scheme?”

The Ford government did not provide an answer to that question.

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2 responses to “Ford Government to Axe Ontario’s Ambulance Services

  1. This actually could be a positive thing. If EMS is aligned with the 10 Public Health Regions as part of the Super Health Agency

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  2. Let me assure Mr. Jones this IS NOT a positive thing. This is exactly how my father died 22 years ago, under the ill conceived policies of the last Ontario Conservative regime.

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