A ’High Alert’ Message from the Ontario Health Coalition, a province-wide citizens’ advocate for quality public health care
Posted August 14th, 2022 on Niagara At Large
The Ontario Health Coalition is at its highest level of alert as a result of the Ford government’s statements about their plans to privatize public health care services this week, warning that the government’s statements reveal they are having backroom discussions regarding health care privatization, including specifically privatization of Ontario’s public hospital services.
Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, called the Ford government’s statements, “both outrageous and foolhardy”.
She demanded full disclosure of the corporations with which the Ford government has been meeting regarding plans to privatize health care, and she called on Ford to reveal a complete list of health care services under threat of privatization.
She warned that the Ford government has no mandate for hospital privatization whatsoever, particularly given their outright denials of these plans in response to the Coalition’s warnings in the pre-election period.
“The Ford government stated “options” are actively “under consideration”, indicating that there have been backroom discussions regarding restructuring and privatizing Ontario’s public and non-profit health care services. This is unacceptable. Without exaggeration, these are life and death issues for every single Ontarian,” noted Ms. Mehra.
*The Coalition is inviting media to a press conference Monday, August 15 at 10:30 a.m. by Zoom.*
*All Health Coalition members and supporters are invited to join the Facebook livestream at 10:30 a.m. Monday morning (Aug. 15) on the Ontario Health Coalition Facebook page at: *https://www.facebook.com/ontariohealth
*The Ontario Health Coalition represents more than 750,000 Ontarians in its network of approx. 500 member organizations, 40 local chapters, and individuals. Its members include seniors’ organizations, patients and patient advocates, health professionals, nurses, support staff, PSWs and their unions, physicians, non-profit organizations, community groups, student organizations, and cultural organizations, among others.
The Coalition has, for 50 years, worked to build and safeguard single-tier public medicare, amend legislation in the public interest, stop cuts and privatization, improve quality and expand capacity in public health care.
*We are proud of the difference we make and we hope you are too. This work is only made possible by people who care like you. Please do become a member or donate. It matters!
If you can, please CLICK HERE <http://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/index.php/donate-now/> to donate or become a member.
About the Ontario Health Coalition – The Ontario Health Coalition is comprised of a Board of Directors, committees of the Board as approved in the Coalition’s annual Action Plan, Local Coalitions, member organizations and individual members. Currently the Ontario Health Coalition represents more than 400 member organizations and a network of Local Health Coalitions and individual members. Our members include: seniors’ groups; patients’ organizations; unions; nurses and health professionals’ organizations; physicians and physician organizations that support the public health system; non-profit community agencies; student groups; ethnic and cultural organizations; residents’ and family councils; retirees; poverty and equality-seeking groups; women’s organizations, and others.
For more information on the Ontario Health Coalition and its advocacy work, click on – www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca
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