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
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.”
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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