Community meeting creates Pembroke Healthcare Coalition, organizes Aug. 26 rally

Pembroke, ON- A well attended community meeting has created a Pembroke Healthcare Coalition, planned a rally August 26 and decided to request a meeting with the Pembroke Regional Hospital’s Board of Directors in September. “ The public agreed to keep up the pressure on the Minister of Health for additional funding for the hospital to stop the medical and pediatric bed closures. The meeting also called on the province to intervene to stop the contracting out of the sterilization of surgical instruments, “ says Cindy Schulz, president of CUPE local 1502. Read More...

More precarious health status of northern Ontario citizens means deep hospital cuts hit this region hardest, report says

KENORA, FORT FRANCES AND EMO, Ont. ― Although citizens in northern Ontario have higher rates of cancers, chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and worse mental health and addictions outcomes than the rest of the province, northern Ontario hospital cutbacks and privatization mean “that the impact is far more dramatic, even than it is in southern Ontario,” concludes a report released in Kenora, Fort Frances and Emo today.

The report Pushed Out of Northern Hospitals, Abandoned at Home: After Twenty Years of Budget Cuts, Ontario’s Health System is Failing Patients, chronicles the anecdotal experiences of hundreds of patients from over 30 Ontario communities, including many in northern Ontario, who called a 1-800 patient hotline. It has also been updated with details on recent cuts to northern hospitals. Read More...

What is Mr. Orazietti doing to stop $10 million in patient care cuts at the Sault hospital?

Sault Ste. Marie, ON - Although the Sault Area Hospital is making major cuts to nursing and direct patient care and closing 56 beds, to offset a $10 million drop in provincial funding, Sault Ste. Marie’s MPP, David Orazietti, “is blissfully unaware, it seems, of the devastating impact of his government underfunding care at the hospital,” says Michael Hurley the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU). Read More...

Mr. Thibeault wrong to pretend cuts to patient care, hospital services aren’t happening

Northern patient hotline check-in media conference Monday at 10:00 a.m.

Sudbury, ON - Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault’s claims that “there have been no cuts to health care” and that programs are being “eliminated because they’re no longer needed….” are contradicted by the voices of patients and their families and by the statistics on life expectancy and morbidity for residents of northern Ontario, the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) say Read More...

Liberals “mock” rural Ontario with paltry $7 mil funding announcement for 56 small Ontario hospitals

TORONTO, ON – Far from the funding bonanza heralded by Ontario’s health minister, yesterday’s $7 million allocation for 56 small and rural hospitals is a “paltry, wholly inadequate amount for hospitals that, because of provincial underfunding, have been forced to cut patient care considerably,” says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU). Read More...

More precarious health status of northern Ontario citizens means deep hospital cuts hit this region hardest, report says

BLIND RIVER, Ont. ― Although citizens in northern Ontario have higher rates of cancers, chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and worse mental health and addictions outcomes than the rest of the province, northern Ontario hospital cutbacks and privatization mean “that the impact is far more dramatic, even than it is in southern Ontario,” concludes a report released in Blind River today.

The report Pushed Out of Northern Hospitals, Abandoned at Home: After Twenty Years of Budget Cuts, Ontario’s Health System is Failing Patients, chronicles the anecdotal experiences of hundreds of patients from over 30 Ontario communities, including many in northern Ontario, who called a 1-800 patient hotline. It has also been updated with details on recent cuts to northern hospitals. Read More...