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Active citizens have succeeded in stopping hospital cuts all across Ontario. On December 5 join a giant rally in Scarborough at the office of Brad Duguid, senior minister, and minister responsible for the P3 privatization of hospitals. The P3 privatization scheme has cost us billions to giant international financial corporations and service privatizers even while government tells us we can no longer afford front-line care for patients.
After massive cuts to services and restructuring in recent years, including the loss of hundreds of staff positions, the government has appointed an "expert" panel to look again at restructuring. The Health Coalition uncovered a document filed with the government by the Scarborough Hospital CEO proposing to close one or two entire hospital sites - The Centenary and Birchmount - and replace all three Scarborough hospitals with one. So far, where that has happened in Ontario, the one hospital has had less total beds than the preceding hospitals combined. We are deeply concerned that the panel will recommend further cuts to services under the guise of moving these services to the community.
For more information: Kingsley Kwok (Scarborough) 416-835-3377, Trish McAuliffe (Durham) 905-706-5806
Sponsored by: Ontario Health Coalition, local health coalitions in the Scarborough/Durham Region
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