RELEASE: Briefing Note on Ontario’s Hospital Cuts and Restructuring 2008
Posted: December 2, 2008
A major round of hospital restructuring and cuts is underway in every health region in the province causing major layoffs, privatization and threaten local Emergency Rooms, birthing facilities and hospital beds. This new briefing note by the Ontario Health Coalition examines the cuts region by region. This year and next, provincial budget levels for hospital global budgets are insufficient to meet hospital rates of inflation and population growth. Cabinet-appointed Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) are reviewing services in hospitals with deficits, and at the behest of the provincial government, are forcing hospitals to eliminate their deficits through drastic cuts.