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Mounting Health Care Cuts

Here is a list of the Ford government health care cuts to date: ● Cut OHIP+ so families with sick children will have to seek private coverage first and pay deductibles and co-payments. (June 2018) ● Cut planned mental health funding by more than $330 million. (July 2018) ● Canceled all new planned overdose prevention […]

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RELEASE: Ford’s ambulance and public health cuts and restructuring come with high costs, reduced services: Coalition warns

(April 17, 2019) Toronto – It has been done before and it resulted in enormous costs, not savings, and it compromised services. This was the message of the Ontario Health Coalition in reaction to the growing array of health care services that the Doug Ford government plans to restructure and cut. The Coalition released their tally […]

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URGENT UPDATE: Undeniable signals Doug Ford intends major health care privatization

(April 16, 2019) Toronto – The signals that Doug Ford intends major health care privatization, restructuring and cuts have become undeniable: if you care about health care for all it is time to come out. Cuts: The Ontario Budget contains bad news for health care. Cuts are coming. Overall health funding increases are less than […]

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RELEASE: Budget Health Care Briefing: What is being Cut, Myth Buster, What is Coming

Toronto – In anticipation of this afternoon’s budget the Ontario Health Coalition provided a budget health care briefing for Ontarians.  The Coalition will issue an update after the budget is released. “There have been a lot of re-announcements and PR spin to cover for what is the leading edge of the most aggressive cuts in […]

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Ontario Health Coalition holds town hall meeting in Brampton April 12

Legislation ‘forged in secret’ says coalition Apr 10, 2019 by Marta Marychuk  Brampton Guardian    The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) will be holding a town hall meeting on the province’s sweeping plans to restructure health care on Friday, April 12, in Brampton at Professor’s Lake Recreation Centre. The meeting, which is being organized in conjunction with the Peel Poverty […]

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Outrage over plans to restructure health care

April 9, 2019 | Last Updated: April 9, 2019 3:49 PM EDT TIMMINS — The prospect of the Ontario Conservatives ramming through legislation in order to introduce privatized health care in Ontario was a grave concern to those who attended a town hall style meeting at the Timmins Museum Saturday. The meeting, which was attended […]

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Town hall meeting to discuss major changes to Ontario health care

The public is being kept in the dark about changes coming to Ontario’s health care, says the Timmins organizer of a town-hall style meeting being held at the museum this Saturday. April 3, 2019 | Last Updated: April 3, 2019 6:33 PM EDT The public is being kept in the dark about changes coming to […]

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Health-care changes ‘frightening’: Health coalition

Fears more privatization, which province denies; town hall meeting Friday in Sault April 3, 2019 | Last Updated: April 3, 2019 4:17 PM EDT The public is being kept in the dark about changes coming to Ontario health care — and many will be “surprised and shocked” when they learn the truth, contends a Sault […]

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Ontario healthcare bill spurs local action

April 1, 2019 | Last Updated: April 1, 2019 10:49 PM EDT Sault Ste. Marie Health Coalition will hold a town hall meeting on Friday, April 5 as part of a province-wide campaign to educate the public about the Ontario government’s plan to restructure the provincial healthcare system and create a new “super agency”. The […]

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Bad medicine? If history holds true, Doug Ford’s health care cuts will cost us more money, not less

Dozens of Sudburians concerned about the future of health care participate in town hall meeting hosted by the Ontario Health Coalition on Sunday Apr 1, 2019 5:00 PM by: Carol Mulligan, for Sudbury.com Some 40 people attended a health care reform town hall meeting on March 31 in Sudbury, hosted by the Ontario Health Coalition. (Carol Mulligan) […]

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Town hall meeting is looking at healthcare changes

It’s taking place Saturday at the museum Apr 1, 2019 3:00 PM by: Maija Hoggett With provincial legislation changes on the way for healthcare, a town hall meeting this weekend is talking about what it could mean. The Ontario Health Coalition event is Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. at the Timmins Museum. Bill 74, the People’s […]

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Ford government won’t hear from more than 1,500 on sweeping health restructuring bill: Coalition decries process as grossly undemocratic and objectionable

TORONTO, April 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Ontario Health Coalition will appear before the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Social Policy this morning in the public hearings into Bill 74. The Ford government’s new health restructuring law, the Coalition reports, gives the Minister of Health and the government’s appointees in the new Super Agency […]

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Health Coalition planning rally against proposed changes to healthcare

April 1, 2019 KAWARTHA LAKES-The Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition and their Ontario counterpart say proposed new legislation gives the Ontario government sweeping new powers including the power to force privatization and restructuring of our health care. On February 26, 2019, Minister Christine Elliott unveiled the Government of Ontario’s legislation on healthcare reform. Bill 74 also […]

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Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition concerned about Bill 74

April 1, 2019  in Health/Provincial  by Lindsay Advocate With over 100 residents who came to the Bill 74 Town Meeting on March 27, the Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition members and residents are growing concerned with the impacts of Bill 74. This new legislation is being pushed through the legislature quickly, notes a press release, with an expected passage on […]

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Coalition vows to fight health-care changes

Mar 27 Health Coalitions across the province, led by the Ontario Health Coalition, are calling for the public’s help in fighting the government omnibus Bill 74 – The People’s Health Care Act, that proposes sweeping changes to how health care is administered in Ontario. At a town hall meeting recently hosted by the Chatham-Kent Health […]

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Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott obfuscate questions on health privatization

Watch as Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott sidestep the opposition leader, Andrea Horwath’s, question in the legislature on whether private for-profit health corporations will play a role in Bill 74, the new health care legislation. The Ford government repeatedly refuses to disavow for-profit privatization of our public health care system. It is imperative […]

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URGENT UPDATE: FORD GOV’T SWEEPING HEALTH CARE RESTRUCTURING BILL

Ford government gives 2-days notice for public hearings to be in Toronto only The new health care law that the Ford government is pushing through has been “time allocated” for public hearings. That means that the Ford Conservatives have limited the time for public hearings. We have been asking for broad public hearings on this […]

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Proposed health care changes could create ‘chaos’ for decades to come

Ontario Health Coalition warns of looming privatization in Ontario at Kitchener city hall Tuesday night Mar 26, 2019 KITCHENER — Proposed changes to the provincial health care system could create “chaos” that would last for decades if passed, according to the Ontario Health Coalition. Executive Director Natalie Mehra was the keynote speaker at a health […]

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Ontario Health Coalition vows to stop new health care bill

The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) is warning the province’s new omnibus health care bill will mean lost local services. Mar 22, 2019. (Photo by Paul Pedro)   MARCH 22, 2019 8:41PM The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) is taking action against the province’s new omnibus health care bill that could mean a loss of local services. […]

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EVENTS: Town Hall Meetings

The Ford government is proposing massive restructuring to hospitals, long-term care, home care, community care, mental health, etc. The new legislation, which has been forged with no public consultation whatsoever, will take away local control of health care services. Protect our local health care services from mega-mergers and privatization. Town Hall Meetings – Locations, Dates & Venues […]

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Health coalition slams proposed restructuring

March 21, 2019 | Last Updated: March 21, 2019 9:44 PM EDT Believing that patients will be negatively impacted in the long run, the Chatham-Kent Health Coalition is rallying the public to make their voices heard about the province’s proposed restructuring of the health-care system. Approximately 30 people attended a town hall Thursday night at […]

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EVENTS: April 30 Rally to Protect Public Health Care

Worried about the new health care legislation? Want to protect our public health? Join us at Queen’s Park on April 30 at 12 pm for a rally to improve public health care! Tell Doug Ford: NO to cuts & Privatization CLICK HERE: April 30 Rally Poster  CLICK HERE: Get on the bus list

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Severe PSW shortage on agenda at health care Town Hall

March 19, 2019 The growing shortage of personal support workers and their difficult working conditions will be discussed at a Town Hall meeting Saturday, officials say. “The word is out. People are leaving the profession of PSW and they’re not enrolling in PSW courses at community colleges,” said Shirley Roebuck, chair of the Sarnia-Lambton Health […]

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RELEASE: Ford Government is Steamrolling Health Restructuring Law Through in “Outrageously Undemocratic” Process Warns Health Coalition: Local Services at Risk

(March 18, 2019) The Ontario Health Coalition expressed outrage at the process by which the Ford government is rushing their new sweeping health care restructuring legislation through and is demanding public hearings across Ontario. In the new law, the Ford government has given itself new powers to order the privatization of health care services, along […]

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Ontario Health Coalition calls on Hamiltonians to attend rally to stop Premier Doug Ford’s health care reform

Mar 14, 2019 Ontario Health Coalition’s Doug Allan urged about 60 people at a town hall meeting March 13 at the central library to attend an April 30 rally at Queen’s Park to stop the government’s proposed health care legislation. – Kevin Werner/Metroland Ontario’s health care workers, unions, residents, and municipal politicians should be preparing […]

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People’s Healthcare Act is ‘really a restructuring bill’: Natalie Mehra

Mar 12, 2019 Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, speaks to a group of St. Catharines residents Monday evening. The coalition is cautioning about changes coming under the proposed Bill 74, the People’s Healthcare Act. – Luke Edwards , Niagara This Week The Ontario Health Coalition is warning Niagara that its health-care […]

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Health coalition holding town hall tour “The Sarnia Observer, March 7, 2019”

Health coalition holding town hall tour Tyler Kula, The Sarnia Observer Details of how the Ontario government plans to restructure the provincial health system are pending, and the Sarnia-Lambton Health Coalition is worried they won’t be good. Shirley Roebuck, head of the local Ontario Health Coalition chapter, said she’s concerned the provincial government’s plan to […]

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A cure or a curse? Catholic hospitals weigh pros and cons of Ontario legislation “The Catholic Register, March 8, 2019”

A cure or a curse? Catholic hospitals weigh pros and cons of Ontario legislation Michael Swan, The Catholic Register Despite warnings that an overhaul of health care in Ontario could sideline Catholic values and governance, organizations that represent Catholic hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and health services are optimistic they can be players in a more […]

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Better health care through innovation “The Agenda, March 4, 2019”

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Analysis: Ontario’s proposed healthcare overhaul receives mixed response in the Kawarthas

People’s Health Care Act, tabled Feb. 26 at legislature, consolidates 20 agencies under one entity in the hopes of improving service efficiencies Mar 04, 2019 Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Ontario Premier Doug Ford as seen at Queen’s Park in a 2018 file photo. – Rick Madonik/Toronto Star The provincial government’s […]

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RELEASE: Briefing Note: Doug Ford’s Omnibus Health Bill (Bill 74)

We have excellent health care. We don’t have enough of it. Yet Doug Ford’s new health care omnibus bill does not open a single new health care service. Not a single surgery to help tackle wait lists. Not one new nursing home space. No more health professionals, vital support staff, nurses or doctors. At the […]

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RELEASE & ANALYSIS: Health Care Omnibus Bill Sets Up Ontario for Health System Mega-Mergers & Privatization: Worse than the Leaked Draft, Health Coalition Warns

(February 27, 2019) The Ontario Health Coalition released its preliminary analysis of the new health care omnibus bill today. Health Coalition spokespeople expressed deep concerns about the legislation and the sweeping upheaval to come. The legislation that was made public yesterday is worse than the draft bill in significant ways: it requires even bigger mega-mergers; […]

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Health Care Omnibus Bill Sets Up Ontario for Health System Mega-Mergers & Privatization: Worse than the Leaked Draft, Health Coalition Warns Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4182516#ixzz5lMQs6zzD

TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Ontario Health Coalition released its preliminary analysis of the new health care omnibus bill today. Health Coalition spokespeople expressed deep concerns about the legislation and the sweeping upheaval to come. The legislation that was made public yesterday is worse than the draft bill in significant ways: it […]

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BLOG POST: Protect Our Local Health Care from Mega-mergers & Privatization

What you will find on this page: Rally Information Town Hall Meetings Submission to the Standing Committee How to contact Doug Ford and your MPP What is the new health legislation? Urgent updates Rally Information CLICK HERE: April 30 Rally Poster  CLICK HERE: Get on the bus list CLICK HERE: Printable Bus Registration Form Health Care Cuts […]

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RELEASE: Warning that Leaked Health Care Omnibus Bill Would Create Health Care Chaos: Longstanding Leaders of Organizations Representing Patients, Care Workers, Doctors

(February 11, 2019) Academic leaders, democracy advocates, patient advocates, front-line care workers and doctors are all speaking with one voice when it comes to the leaked health care omnibus bill that has secretly been planned by the Ford government for months: if passed, it would cause health care chaos that will last for years. Speaking […]

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RELEASE: Leaked Draft Health Care Legislation a “Gargantuan Nightmare Scenario”: Community and Labour Groups Join Forces for Major Fightback

(February 1, 2019) Calling it a “bombshell”: the Ontario Health Coalition and the Ontario Federation of Labour responded to a leaked document revealing a draft health care legislation written by the Ford government in secret that would create a “super agency” with extraordinary powers to restructure Ontario’s entire health care system. The Ontario NDP opened up […]

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RELEASE: Leaked omnibus health bill goes far beyond merging the LHINs

posted February 1, 2019

Preliminary analysis reveals new unprecedented powers to order privatization and contracting out, mega-mergers and the elimination of public interest provisions in LHIN legislation   By: Natalie Mehra, executive director Many of you will have heard about the new health care legislation drafted in secret by the Ford government and revealed to the public by the […]

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BLOG POST: Ford Government Health Care Report Not a Prescription for a Cure: Coalition Takes Serious Issue with Devlin’s Claims

Toronto — Rueben Devlin’s report was released today with the central communications headline from the Ford government that more hospital beds will not solve hallway medicine. This is politically and factually untrue, warned the Ontario Health Coalition. Mr. Devlin is the former CEO of Humber River Regional Hospital, where, under his leadership, three entire hospitals […]

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Thunder Bay Health Coalition voices concerns over provincial budget “CBC News, January 22, 2019”

Advocacy group concerned province will cut health care spending in northwestern Ontario Jeff Walters · CBC News  A group of health care workers held a rally outside the Dryden, Ont., hotel were the province is holding its pre-budget consultation meetings. (Unifor) A health care advocacy group in Thunder Bay worries the Ford government will cut hospital spending, and […]

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Demand increases for long-term care workers “Blackburn News, January 22, 2019”

(From left to right) Lynne Withers, Julie Sexton and Shirley Roebuck at the Coffee Lodge on Exmouth Street in Sarnia. January 21, 2019. (Photo by Colin Gowdy, BlackburnNews) BY COLIN GOWDY             JANUARY 22, 2019  The Sarnia Lambton Health Coalition is taking part in a province-wide initiative to improve care and reduce violence […]

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Nursing home system ‘in crisis’ “North Bay Nugget, January 21, 2019”

PJ Wilson  Peggy Smith, left, Blanche-Helene Tremblay and Ann McIntosh deliver the Ontario Health Coalition report Situation Critical on issues in the long-term care sector, Monday, in North Bay. PJ Wilson/The Nugget Ontario’s long-term care system is in crisis and failing those who rely on it. That was the message delivered Monday with the release […]

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Long Term Health Care at “Situation Critical” “BayToday, January 21, 2019”

‘I am not trying to slam nursing homes or staff it is the whole system that needs change’ Chris Dawson (L to R) Author Peggy Smith and Ontario Health Coalition committee members Blanche-Helene Tremblay and Ann McIntyre at the Legion in North Bay Monday. Photo by Chris Dawson/BayToday.ca. Lack of care and even violence at […]

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High rate of homicides among concerns raised in report on Ontario’s long-term care system “Chatham Daily News, January 21, 2019”

Ellwood Shreve Nicole Grainger, left, and Shirley Roebuck, members of the Health Coalition of Chatham-Kent, discussed some of the findings a report on the state of long-term care in Ontario, titled Situation Critical, released by the Ontario Health Coalition on Monday January 21, 2019. Photo taken in Chatham, Ont. Ellwood Shreve/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network TORONTO […]

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RELEASE: Ontario Health Coalition releases new report SITUATION CRITICAL – HOMICIDE AND VIOLENCE IN ONTARIO’S LONG-TERM CARE HOMES

“Intolerable” levels of violence and homicide spark renewed call for improved care standards in Ontario’s long-term care: new report Toronto—In a Queen’s Park press conference today the Ontario Health Coalition launched a 30-community tour of a new report, “Situation Critical: Planning, Access, Levels of Care and Violence in Ontario’s Long-Term Care”. The report was inspired […]

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Reason to worry if Tories rid or drastically reduce LHINs — Bisson “The Daily Press, January 18, 2019”

The Ontario Health Coalition has expressed concern about rumours the provincial government will restructure its current 14 local health integration networks into five and Timmins MPP Gilles Bisson feels it has good reason to worry. By: Thomas Perry Gilles Bisson The Ontario Health Coalition has expressed concern about rumours the provincial government will restructure its […]

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Rallies to Be Held Outside Pre-Budget Hearings “Digital Journal, January 18, 2019”

TORONTO, Jan. 18, 2019  — The Ontario Health Coalition is holding rallies outside of Pre-Budget Hearings that will be attended by Members of Provincial Parliament on the Standing Committees on Finance and Economic Affairs. At the same time as promising to end “hallway medicine” and adequately fund health care in Ontario Doug Ford’s government has […]

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Ford government poised to dissolve regional health agencies, sources say “CBC News, January 17, 2019”

14 health care co-ordination networks to be replaced by no more than 5 oversight bodies Mike Crawley · CBC News ·  Ontario’s local health integration networks (LHINs) oversee nearly $30 billion in annual operating funding from the health ministry to hospitals, long-term care homes and community health centres. (St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton) In what would be its first major […]

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Report: more staff, better training needed to reduce senior violence “Blackburn News, January 16,2019”

File photo courtesy © CanStockPhoto.com/Leaf) BY GREG HIGGINS                       JANUARY 16, 2019  The horror stories that usually come out about nursing homes involve staff on resident violence, but a new report suggests residents acting violently toward staff — and each other — is much more prevalent. According […]

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Ford flirts with private health care at his peril

Toronto Star, by Natalie Mehra Although it was not once mentioned in last spring’s provincial election, reasons to be concerned about the privatization plans of the Ford government are mounting. Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford talks to staff during a campaign stop at Etobicoke General Hospital in Toronto last May. “Regular Ontarians in every […]

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EVENTS: Pre-Budget Rallies

Concerned about privatization of our public health care? Take a stand. Attend one of the Pre-Budget Rallies. Show that you will not tolerate cuts and privatization. We need to stand together to send a strong message. Dryden on January 21, 12 noon, Rally, Best Western Plus 349 Government St, Dryden Timmins January 22, 12 noon, […]

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Waits for home-care could get worse during flu season, London Free Press, December 5, 2018

Waits for home-care could get worse during flu season JENNIFER BIEMAN Updated: December 5, 2018 With dozens of Londoners waiting for home care and not enough personal support workers and nurses to meet the demand, there are fears the situation will only get worse as flu season gets underway. Home-care advocates are bracing for even […]

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Hallway Medicine: It Can Be Fixed, SP The Bullet, November 23, 2018

Hallway Medicine: It Can Be Fixed PUBLIC GOODS  •  November 23, 2018  •  Doug Allan and Michael Hurley The brief below is part of a cross province campaign begun before the summer election by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions / CUPE to alert the public to the dangers to hospital and healthcare posed by a Doug Ford Progressive Conservative […]

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Health Care in Ontario – We should all care. SAULTONLINE, November 22, 2018

SaultOnline.com By Lynne Brown November 22, 2018 Last month, Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath and MPP France Gélinas – Health Care Critic and Chief Opposition Whip, joined the Ontario Health Coalition and thousands of concerned Ontarians outside Queen’s Park to protest looming cuts to health care by the Ford government. The rally was organized by […]

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Proposed hospital integration for Peterborough and Lindsay dropped, Global, November 16, 2018

Proposed hospital integration for Peterborough and Lindsay dropped VIDEO WILL BEGIN AFTER THESE MESSAGES…X Proposed hospital integration for Peterborough and Lindsay dropped – A A + Listen A proposal to integrate hospitals in Peterborough and Lindsay as one organization has been scrapped. In a release issued Friday, the boards for both Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Ross Memorial […]

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Watchdog says Ontario’s healthcare system is sick, CTV News, November 13, 2018

Ontario Health Coalition’s public forum in Sudbury focuses on the dire situation cuts have put the province’s hospitals in. CTV Northern Ontario’s Callam Rodya talks to Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra about the group’s town hall meeting. Callam Rodya, Videojournalist, Sudbury Published Tuesday, November 13, 2018 1:04PM EST  Last Updated Tuesday, November 13, 2018 […]

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Sudbury’s hospital needs more money, critics argue, Sudbury Star, November 13, 2018

Sudbury’s hospital needs more money, critics argue Jim Moodie The Sudbury Star  Published on: November 13, 2018 | Last Updated: November 13, 2018 2:35 AM EST Dot Klein of the Sudbury Health Coalition addresses a crowd gathered Monday at the Steelworkers Hall to discuss challenges to the health-care system. Flanking her are CUPE 1623 president […]

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Ontario Health Coalition to host town hall meeting in Sudbury, CBC News, November 12, 2018

Ontario Health Coalition to host town hall meeting in Sudbury Coalition says province needs to invest more money in healthcare CBC News · Posted: Nov 12, 2018 6:00 AM ET | Last Updated: November 12 (iStock) 1 comments A provincial health care watchdog is hosting a town hall meeting in Sudbury on Monday night. The Ontario Health Coalition […]

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Health coalition is seeing red flags with Ford government, The Wallaceburg Courier Press, November 10, 2018

Health coalition is seeing red flags with Ford government David Gough Published on: November 10, 2018 The Wallaceburg-Walpole Island First Nation Health Coalition is worried about what the Doug Ford government will mean to public health care in the province—so they are pushing back. The health coalition has seen red flags, as they point out […]

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Coalition hopes to build support, stop hospital cuts in Sudbury, The Sudbury Star, November 10, 2018

Coalition hopes to build support, stop hospital cuts in Sudbury ‘What is it going to take to stop (hospital) cuts here?’ Mary Katherine Keown Published on: November 10, 2018 | Last Updated: November 10, 2018 1:16 AM EST Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, makes a point at a press conference in […]

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Town hall to put spotlight on hospital cuts in Sudbury: coalition, The Sudbury Star, November 7, 2018

Town hall to put spotlight on hospital cuts in Sudbury: coalition Published on: November 7, 2018 | Last Updated: November 7, 2018 1:27 PM EST Health-care workers rally outside Health Sciences North on Tuesday demanding the hospital rescind recent cuts to staffing. JIM MOODIE/SUDBURY STAR The Ontario Health Coalition says it plans to release more information […]

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EVENTS: Sudbury Town Hall, November 12, 7:00 p.m.

TOWN HALL MEETING More than 100 nurses, health professionals, and support staff, and all the services they provide across dozens of departments are being cut if we don’t stop it. Sudbury‘s hospitals have already been cut to the bone.  Please stand with us and push the provincial government to fund our hospital adequately and stop the […]

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Woodstock’s private hospital permanently shutting its doors, The London Free Press, October 31, 2018

Woodstock’s private hospital permanently shutting its doors HEATHER RIVERS Updated: October 31, 2018 Lisa Figg (Linked in) and Shelley Vanderzwaag (Facebook) A private hospital in Woodstock is permanently closing its doors as a discipline hearing for two nurses who have worked there and changes to Ontario legislation governing such facilities loom. Woodstock Private Hospital will […]

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Community rallies in support of Ross Memorial; Merger not wanted

Community rallies in support of Ross Memorial; Merger not wanted Published on October 29, 2018 in Around Town/Community/Health/Local News/Seniors by Roderick Benns Under a damp and insistent rain, more than 70 people braved the elements to fight for the local hospital they have come to believe in and depend upon. While they did so, multiple […]

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Community rallies in support of Ross Memorial; Merger not wanted, The Lindsay Advocate, October 29, 2018

Community rallies in support of Ross Memorial; Merger not wanted Published on October 29, 2018 in Around Town/Community/Health/Local News/Seniors by Roderick Benns Under a damp and insistent rain, more than 70 people braved the elements to fight for the local hospital they have come to believe in and depend upon. While they did so, multiple […]

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Hospital merger? Fighting the LHIN spin, The Lindsay Advocate, October 29, 2018

Hospital merger? Fighting the LHIN spin Published on October 29, 2018  in Around Town/Columnists/Community/Health  by Trevor Hutchinson Experts like Natalie Mehra of the Ontario Health Coalition have warned us that our local hospital is at risk. And as concerned residents continue to await more information on the proposed integration of the Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) and the Peterborough Regional […]

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Rally for the Ross Monday to stop merger; Toronto rally attracts thousands, The Lindsay Advocate, October 25, 2018

Rally for the Ross Monday to stop merger; Toronto rally attracts thousands Published on October 25, 2018  in by Roderick Benns “Hands Off Our Health Care” chanted a capacity crowd of about 8,000 people — including people from Kawartha Lakes — who joined hands and encircled Queen’s Park earlier in the week at the largest rally at the […]

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Thousands rally against health care cuts at Queen’s Park, Global News, October 24, 2018

October 24, 2018 4:31 pm Thousands rally against health care cuts at Queen’s Park By Mark GiuntaVideographer, Backup News & Sports Anchor  Global News The Ontario Health Coalition is calling on the Ford Government to expand public health care services while preventing cuts to the sector. – A A + Listen Armed with signs and flags, the Ontario Health Coalition […]

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Thousands rally against health care cuts at Queen’s Park, Global News, October 24, 2018

Thousands rally against health care cuts at Queen’s Park By Mark GiuntaVideographer, Backup News & Sports Anchor  Global News The Ontario Health Coalition is calling on the Ford Government to expand public health care services while preventing cuts to the sector. Armed with signs and flags, the Ontario Health Coalition marched at Queen’s Park on Tuesday. […]

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RELEASE: Thousands Demand Doug Ford Disavow Health Care Privatization and Cuts – Other Political Parties Respond Positively to Coalition’s Demand for Services to be Rebuilt & Restored

Thousands Demand Doug Ford Disavow Health Care Privatization and Cuts Other Political Parties Respond Positively to Coalition’s Demand for Services to be Rebuilt & Restored Toronto – “Hands Off Our Health Care” chanted a capacity crowd of an estimated 8,000 people who joined hands and encircled Queen’s Park today at the largest rally at the […]

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Health Care Workers Rally at Queen’s Park, CP 24, October 23, 2018

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Ontario Health Coalition Rally at Queen’s Park, CP24, October 23, 2018

Ontario Health Coalition Rally at Queen’s Park, CP24, October 23, 2018 Live video coverage: http://Ontario Health Coalition Rally at Queen’s Park, CP24, October 23, 2018

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Londoners to join rally at Queen’s Park to call for end to ‘hallway medicine’, Global News 980 CFPL, Oct 23

Londoners to join rally at Queen’s Park to call for end to ‘hallway medicine’ The front entrance of Ontario’s Legislative Building at Queen’s Park. Nick Westoll / File / Global News – A A + Listen Londoners will be part of a massive rally at Queen’s Park Tuesday organized to call on the provincial government to end so-called […]

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Niagara residents rallying for health care, The St. Catharines Standard, Oct 17, 2018

Niagara residents rallying for health care Queen’s Park rally planned for Oct. 23 News Oct 17, 2018 by Allan Benner The St. Catharines Standard   Subject: stethascope on 18/November/2010, at 4:54 pm, wynn, spencer wrote: – File photo Long-awaited new hospitals, an overdose prevention site and adequate funding for mental health services are among the […]

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Ontario Health Coalition to rally against heathcare cuts, Sarnia News, October 14, 2018

Ontario Health Coalition to rally against heathcare cuts BY LEE MICHAELSOCTOBER 14, 2018 6:53AM The Ontario Health Coalition fears the Ford government intends to make revenue cuts that could prove disastrous to the healthcare system. Local President Shirley Roebuck said the system is already in crisis. “Ontario has fewer hospital beds than almost all other […]

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Rally 12 p.m. Tuesday October 23 Queen’s Park Toronto (outside Ontario Legislature) — Please join us and tell Doug Ford that we need to rebuild and improve our public health care: NO cuts and privatization!

Bus Sign-Up Sheet Bus registration form Please scroll down to download Rally poster and memes in French and English Economist Mike Moffatt from Western University has tallied up what Doug Ford has proposed to cut. The total is a whopping $22 billion that Doug Ford proposes in cuts from provincial revenues over three years. That means that […]

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RELEASE: Doug Ford cuts hospital beds and funding – calls it an increase

Doug Ford cuts hospital beds and funding – calls it an increase (Toronto) – Usually a major government announcement is in the media studio at the Legislature or somewhere public where the public can attend and media can ask questions.  Today, Ontario Health Coalition spokeswoman, Natalie Mehra, was told by security that she wouldn’t even […]

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RELEASE: Ernst + Young “Line by Line” Review Biased and Unhelpful: Health Coalition Warns it is Just Repackaging of Same Old Ideas that Have Led to Cuts, Restructuring and Privatization and Widespread Public Anger

September 25, 2018 Ernst + Young “Line by Line” Review Biased and Unhelpful: Health Coalition Warns it is Just Repackaging of Same Old Ideas that Have Led to Cuts, Restructuring and Privatization and Widespread Public Anger Toronto– It is long on propaganda but short on new ideas, and despite all rhetoric, would lead to more […]

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Ernst + Young “Line by Line” Review Biased and Unhelpful: Ontario Health Coalition, Sault online, Sept 25, 2018

Ernst + Young “Line by Line” Review Biased and Unhelpful: Ontario Health Coalition By Content Team Natalie Mehra – Executive Director, OHC. photo courtesy Ontario Health Coalition. Ernst + Young “Line by Line” Review Biased and Unhelpful: Health Coalition Warns it is Just Repackaging of Same Old Ideas that Have Led to Cuts, Restructuring and […]

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Fighting for health care, Waterloo Region Record, September 24, 2018

Fighting for health care NEWS 07:30 AM Waterloo Region Record Jim Stewart, co-chair of the Waterloo Region Health Coaltion watches as Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Care Coalition, speaks to a small crowd at Speaker’s Corner in Kitchener on Saturday. The rally was held to bring attention to the Progressive Conservative’s plans to cut […]

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RELEASE: Doug Ford’s planned cuts to provincial revenues on top of paying down deficit irresponsible and damaging: Health Coalition, September 21, 2018

Doug Ford’s planned cuts to provincial revenues on top of paying down deficit irresponsible and damaging: Health Coalition Reacting to Finance Minister Vic Fedeli’s speech today, the Ontario Health Coalition warned that dramatic cuts to provincial revenues planned by the Doug Ford government will be devastating if they are not stopped, and questioned why the […]

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BRIEFING NOTE: Gordon Campbell – Canada’s Arch Health Care Privateer and Author of the Worst Cuts in B.C.’s History, September 20, 2018

Briefing Note Gordon Campbell – Canada’s Arch Health Care Privateer and Author of the Worst Cuts in B.C.’s History Not only does he have an abysmal record on financial matters, but former B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, whom Doug Ford appointed to lead the Independent Financial Commission of Inquiry in Ontario, is perhaps the biggest enemy […]

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RELEASE: Coalition Warns Ford Government Against Using Gordon Campbell’s Fiscal Review as a Set Up to Create a Crisis & Privatize, September 20, 2018

Coalition Warns Ford Government Against Using Gordon Campbell’s Fiscal Review as a Set Up to Create a Crisis & Privatize ‘Don’t try to play the same script as happened in British Columbia under Campbell’s Government that resulted in one of the worst attacks on public health care in Canada’s history’ The Hon. Vic Fedeli’s speech […]

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Coalition rallying to guard public health care, The Sarnia Observer, September 20, 2018

Coalition rallying to guard public health care Local Ontario Health Coalition chapters looking for funding to attend Oct. 23 rally at Queen’s Park Tyler Kula Published on: September 20, 2018 Ontario Health Coalition Executive Director Natalie Mehra was in Sarnia in May as part of a provincial tour calling for more investment in hospitals and […]

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Health coalition fears job losses, service impacts if Peterborough and Lindsay hospitals amalgamate, Global News, September 14, 2018

Health coalition fears job losses, service impacts if Peterborough and Lindsay hospitals amalgamate By Greg DavisVideographer/Online Journalist  Global News NEWS: ONTARIO HEALTH COALITION WARNS OF SERVICE AND JOB CUTS IF PETERBOROUGH AND LINDSAY HOSPITALS AMALGAMATEX As Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay continue discussions over amalgamation, voices are being raised over the […]

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Resistance is not futile: Fight for Ross Memorial because threat to services is real, says OHC, Then Lindsay Advocate, September 13, 2018

NEWS. COMMUNITY. WELLNESS. Natalie Mehra, of the OHC, says speak up to save Ross Memorial’s services. Resistance is not futile: Fight for Ross Memorial because threat to services is real, says OHC Published on September 13, 2018  in Around Town/Community/Health/Seniors  by Trevor Hutchinson In a scathing indictment of hospital mergers that have occurred with shocking regularity across Ontario the […]

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Ontario Health Coalition raises concerns about amalgamation of Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Ross Memorial Hospital administration, Peterborough Examiner, September 13, 2018

Ontario Health Coalition raises concerns about amalgamation of Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Ross Memorial Hospital administration  by Jessica Nyznik  Examiner Staff Writer   About 25 citizens attend the Ontario Health Coalition meeting on integration between PRHC and Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay on Thursday September 13, 2018 at the Lions Community Centre in Peterborough, Ont. – […]

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BRIEFING NOTE: Saving Public Health Care & Public Services Under the Doug Ford Government, September 11, 2018

Saving Public Health Care & Public Services Under the Doug Ford Government                September 11, 2018 By Natalie Mehra, Executive Director, Ontario Health Coalition Since Doug Ford’s election there has been a lot of glib talk about Ford as a buffoon, a Trump-north, an almost contemptible figure. But this ignores the fact that the brain trust […]

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Saving Public Health Care & Public Services Under the Doug Ford Government, September 11, 2017 By Natalie Mehra, Executive Director, Ontario Health Coalition

posted September 11, 2018

Saving Public Health Care & Public Services Under the Doug Ford Government      September 11, 2018 By Natalie Mehra, Executive Director, Ontario Health Coalition Since Doug Ford’s election there has been a lot of glib talk about Ford as a buffoon, a Trump-north, an almost contemptible figure. But this ignores the fact that the […]

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Ontario Health Coalition warns of hospital amalgamation consequences, CHEX – Global News, September 10, 2018

THE MORNING SHOW ON CHEX https://globalnews.ca/video/4437816/ontario-health-coalition-warns-of-hospital-amalgamation-consequences September 10 2018 11:11am Ontario Health Coalition warns of hospital amalgamation consequences A proposed plan to merge the Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Ross Memorial Hospital has been raising some eyebrows within the Ontario Health Coalition. Executive director, Natalie Mehra, joined The Morning Show today to talk about two […]

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Ontario health care needs ‘system transformation’: Elliott, Toronto Sun, September 7, 2018

Ontario health care needs ‘system transformation’: Elliott Canadian PressMore from Canadian Press Published:September 7, 2018 Ontario Deputy Premier Christine Elliott talks with journalists following Question Period at the Ontario Legislature in Toronto on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Ontario’s new government will uphold a promise to address hospital overcrowding but any action taken […]

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ADVISORY: Peterborough and Lindsay – Public Forums to Warn of Hospital Amalgamation Consequences

September 7, 2018 –  MEDIA ADVISORY Public Forums to Warn of Hospital Amalgamation Consequences Executives at the Peterborough and Lindsay hospitals have made a plan to amalgamate the two hospitals into one corporation. While this may work for the executives, we are deeply concerned about the impact on health care services. All across Ontario, once […]

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Health Coalition organizes meetings to talk about proposed merger’s impact, The Lindsay Advocate, September 6, 2018

“We believe that the proposed integration will be devastating, with centralized surgeries, rehabilitation and palliative care moved.” Health Coalition organizes meetings to talk about proposed merger’s impact Published on September 6, 2018  in Around Town/Community/Health/Local News/Seniors  by Trevor Hutchinson Citizens concerned about the impact of the proposed ‘integration’ of the Ross Memorial Hospital and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre […]

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Reopening closed health-care services urgent, says watchdog. Who suffers from cuts to public services? The public. Toronto Star, Labour Day 2018

Reopening closed health-care services urgent, says watchdog Who suffers from cuts to public services? The public. When the Ontario government sent an internal memo announcing a hiring freeze for the public sector early this summer, they set the province on a course for reduced public services and more precarious jobs. These changes will have a deeply negative […]

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Planned hospital merger could be big risk for Ross Memorial, The Lindsay Advocate, August 15, 2018

Planned hospital merger could be big risk for Ross Memorial Published on August 15, 2018  in Around Town/Community/Health/Seniors  by Trevor Hutchinson On November 20, 1902, medical experts travelled by train to Lindsay to be part of the opening of the $80,000 Ross Memorial Hospital, named in honour of the benefactor James L. Ross’ parents. At the time it was […]

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Letter to the Editor: Thunder Bay Health Coalition shares OCHU’s concerns about hospital cuts, tbnewswatch, August 6, 2018

Letter to the Editor: Thunder Bay Health Coalition shares OCHU’s concerns about hospital cuts Michael Hurley of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) warned us of job cuts and bed closures at the Regional Health Sciences Centre here in Thunder Bay. Aug 6, 2018 1:55 PM by: Community Submission To the editor: On June 18th Michael Hurley of […]

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Campbell, Ford no friends of public health care, The Chronicle Journal, July 30,2018

Campbell, Ford no friends of public health care LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Jules Tupker Jul 30, 2018 CUPE’s (Candian Union of Public Employees) recent warning of job cuts and bed closures needs to be taken very seriously by everyone in Ontario. In Thunder Bay, our hospital budgeted for a $5-million shortfall in the 2017-18 […]

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Proposed PC spending cuts could lead to hospital bed closures, union says CUPE says Thunder Bay hospitals could lose up to 71 beds, CBC News Thunder Bay, July 30, 2018

Proposed PC spending cuts could lead to hospital bed closures, union says CUPE says Thunder Bay hospitals could lose up to 71 beds CBC News · Posted: Jul 30, 2018 7:00 AM ET  Hospitals such as the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre could lose up to 71 beds if the Ford government proceeds with spending cuts […]

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Unions council predicts more than 700 hospital job cuts, Ottawa Sun, July 28, 2018

Unions council predicts more than 700 hospital job cuts Ottawa Sun Sat Jul 28 2018 Byline: Joanne Laucius  Between 748 and 1,634 hospital jobs could be cut in Ottawa if Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government fulfils its campaign promises, according to projections by the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. According to […]

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Unions council predicts province could cut more than 700 Ottawa hospital jobs, Ottawa Citizen, July 27, 2018

Unions council predicts province could cut more than 700 Ottawa hospital jobs JOANNE LAUCIUS Updated: July 27, 2018 Patients wait in the hallway at the overcrowded Queensway Carleton Hospital in 2016. ERROL MCGIHON / OTTAWA SUN PHOTO BY ERROL MCGIHON Between 748 and 1,634 Ottawa hospital jobs could be cut if Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government fulfils its […]

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Far from ending hallway medicine, Ontario stands to lose 3,712 more hospital beds, more than 16,000 staff under Ford programs, CNW, July 26, 2018

Far from ending hallway medicine, Ontario stands to lose 3,712 more hospital beds, more than 16,000 staff under Ford programs TORONTO, July 26, 2018 /CNW/ – Already funded and staffed at levels well below other provinces, Ontario’s hospitals’ hallway medicine and bed crisis will deepen under Premier Doug Ford’s public service “efficiency” program and promised tax cuts, the Ontario Council of […]

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RELEASE: Health Coalition Readies for Major Fight Ahead as Arch Health Care Privateer Appointed to Head Doug Ford’s Fiscal Review

July 19, 2018 Health Coalition Readies for Major Fight Ahead as Arch Health Care Privateer Appointed to Head Doug Ford’s Fiscal Review (Toronto) – Not only does he have an abysmal record on financial matters, but former B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, whom Doug Ford just appointed to lead the fiscal inquiry in Ontario, is perhaps […]

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Don’t be surprised if Gordon Campbell’s inquiry aligns with PC ideology, says his former chief of staff, Vancouver Star, July 19, 2018

Don’t be surprised if Gordon Campbell’s inquiry aligns with PC ideology, says his former chief of staff VANCOUVER—The appointment of British Columbia’s former premier Gordon Campbell to oversee an inquiry into Ontario’s finances is political, charge health care advocates in the province. Campbell’s former chief of staff in B.C. agrees. Earlier this week the new […]

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RELEASE: Ford Throne Speech Raises Red Flags: Coalition Calls for new Government to Rebuild & Expand Public Health Care While Warning About Major Cuts

July 13, 2018 Ford Throne Speech Raises Red Flags: Coalition Calls for new Government to Rebuild & Expand Public Health Care While Warning About Major Cuts The new Doug Ford government’s Speech from the Throne was read by Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor General at 2 p.m. today. Mostly it was a regurgitation of Mr. Ford’s campaign […]

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Doug Ford gives former PC president job as health adviser with $350K salary, CTV News, July 6, 2018

Doug Ford gives former PC president job as health adviser with $350K salary Ford appoints Dr. Rueben Devlin as the PC party healthcare adviser. Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press Published Friday, July 6, 2018 2:05PM EDT  TORONTO — Ontario’s new premier has appointed a former Progressive Conservative party president as a special adviser on health […]

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Doug Ford gives ex-PC president job as health adviser with $350k salary, The Canadian Press, July 6, 2018

Doug Ford gives ex-PC president job as health adviser with $350k salary By The Canadian Press. Published on Jul 6, 2018 4:46pm Ontario Premier Doug Ford picks former PC president as health advisor. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin TORONTO — Ontario’s new premier has appointed a former Progressive Conservative party president as a special adviser on […]

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RELEASE: Premier Doug Ford Appoints Former Conservative Party President & Humber River Regional Hospital CEO as Health Care Czar: Coalition Expresses Deep Concerns

July 7, 2018 Premier Doug Ford Appoints Former Conservative Party President & Humber River Regional Hospital CEO as Health Care Czar: Coalition Expresses Deep Concerns Toronto – Doug Ford has appointed Rueben Devlin, former president of the Ontario Conservative Party by “Order in Council” (Cabinet order) to be the Chair of a new Premier’s Council […]

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Ontario Health Coalition calls for public consultations on OHIP+ reform, Global News radio, 900 CHML, July 4, 2018

Ontario Health Coalition calls for public consultations on OHIP+ reform By Sara CainReporter  900 CHML It’s unclear how the system between insurance providers and the province will work, and what costs OHIP-plus will consider eligible for reimbursement. JGI/Tom Grill File Listen The Ontario Health Coalition is raising concerns over Premier Doug Ford’s plan to alter OHIP-plus […]

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RELEASE: Ford’s Cut to OHIP+: Clarifying What It Means for Patients, Businesses and Employees

July 4, 2018 Ford’s Cut to OHIP+: Clarifying What It Means for Patients, Businesses and Employees Toronto –Assumptions being made regarding the Ford government’s cut to OHIP+ coverage should be carefully checked, said the Ontario Health Coalition, noting that the government’s press release expressly did not say that all extra costs for those cut off […]

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Doug Ford kicks off premiership with a pay freeze on public service managers, Globe and Mail, June 30, 2018

Doug Ford kicks off premiership with a pay freeze on public service managers JUSTIN GIOVANNETTI PUBLISHED JUNE 30, 2018 Ontario’s new premier Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservatives have put the brakes on government spending only hours after taking office, freezing the pay of managers in the Ontario public service and putting new restrictions on […]

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RELEASE: Doug Ford’s First Cut Will Hurt Families with the Sickest Children the Most

July 3, 2018 Doug Ford’s First Cut Will Hurt Families with the Sickest Children the Most: Health Coalition Calls for Ford to Restore Public Drug Coverage & Proper Public Consultation About Policy Changes that Impact Ontarians’ Lives and Pocketbooks (Toronto) – 24-hours after being sworn in as Ontario’s new Premier, Doug Ford’s government issued a […]

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Ford’s top five priorities a daunting challenge, Toronto Sun, June 24, 2018

Ford’s top five priorities a daunting challenge Antonella ArtusoMore from Antonella Artuso Published:June 24, 2018 Premier-designate Doug Ford is pictured during a press conference on June 21. (STAN BEHAL, Toronto Sun) Premier-designate Doug Ford takes office Friday with a new cabinet, a majority of the 124 newly-elected MPPs and a short but daunting to-do list. […]

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Public could lose voice with hospital, Chronicle Journal, June 21, 2018

Public could lose voice with hospital LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Jules Tupker, June 21, 2018 ONTARIO’S new Not-for-profit Corporations Act, 2010, isn’t expected to come into force until 2019, but it’s already having some unintended and unfortunate consequences. Some provisions in the act have worried the board of directors of the Thunder Bay Regional […]

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What ‘hallway health care’ looks like in Ontario’s most crowded hospital system, TVO, June 20, 2018

What ‘hallway health care’ looks like in Ontario’s most crowded hospital system During the election campaign, the Tories said they’d put an end to hallway medicine — but in London, where patient advocates say the problem is worst, that may not be easy Published on Jun 20, 2018 by Mariam Mishriki In London’s main hospital network, medical […]

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RELEASE: What does a Doug Ford victory mean for health care?

What does a Doug Ford victory mean for health care? In the last days before the election, we tried to find a way to contrast Doug Ford’s belated “platform” with the former Conservative government of Mike Harris to see how far apart they were. Though I knew the cuts were massive, I was still shocked […]

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JOINT STATEMENT: Pls sign the Joint Statement Calling for Improvements in Access and Care in Ontario’s Long Term Care Homes

We asking organizations to sign onto the following Joint Statement to improve care levels and access to care in Ontario’s long-term care homes.  If your organization would like to sign onto the Joint Statement, please send an email to the Ontario Health Coalition at ohc@sympatico.ca using the subject line: LTC JOINT STATEMENT.  Please include your […]

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NATALIE MEHRA ON CBC RADIO ONE, Election Commentary, June 7, 2018

NATALIE MEHRA ON CBC RADIO ONE – ELECTION COMMENTARY TONIGHT Dear Members and Supporters, Our executive director, Natalie Mehra has been asked to be on CBC Radio One tonight providing commentary on the election results as they come in. You can listen for her after approx. 9:30 p.m. once the results start to become clear.

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Hospitals running at crisis levels, says watchdog, Sudbury Star, June 6, 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 News Local Hospitals running at crisis levels, says watchdog By Mary Katherine Keown, The Sudbury Star Saturday, May 12, 2018 12:58:55 EDT AM Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, speaks to Sudbury Star reporter Mary Katherine Keown in Sudbury on Friday. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia It should be no […]

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RELEASE: Deeply concerned about Doug Ford’s planned revenue cuts, comparison of parties’ commitments on key health care issues

Deeply concerned about Doug Ford’s planned revenue cuts, comparison of parties’ commitments on key health care issues Toronto – Following the release of Doug Fords “platform” the Ontario Health Coalition has tried to analyze how Mr. Ford’s plan will impact health care funding.  Over the next four years, with four days until the provincial election […]

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RELEASE: Ontario Election 2018 Health Care Resources

Click on each heading for Ontario election resources: **New  Leaflet inside (note: if printing use legal size paper)   Leaflet outside (note: if printing used legal size paper) Election Platform- top issues and “asks” for our political parties Media Release Provincial Election Platform release Health Care Questions for Candidates  All Candidates’ Meetings Media coverage of Health […]

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RELEASE: $22 billion in cuts to funding for public services planned by Mr. Ford, worse than Harris, we are “extremely worried”

posted June 3, 2018

$22 billion in cuts to funding for public services planned by Mr. Ford, worse than Harris, we are “extremely worried” by Natalie Mehra, executive director Many Ontarians are captured by the idea of getting the same or more services for less money. But few know what the numbers might actually mean. Since Doug Ford did […]

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Ontario Health Coalition wants spotlight on proposed mega hospital leading up to election, CTV Windsor, June 1, 2018

Ontario Health Coalition wants spotlight on proposed mega hospital leading up to election Residential lawns could become more crowded with hospital signs. Bob Bellacicco has details. CTV Windsor Published Friday, June 1, 2018 4:01PM EDT Last Updated Friday, June 1, 2018 8:43PM EDT The Ontario Health Coalition is putting the spotlight on the proposed mega […]

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Group Opposed To Hospital Site Gears Up For Election, Blackburn News, June 1, 2018

http://blackburnnews.com/windsor/windsor-news/2018/06/01/group-opposed-hospital-site-gears-election/ Members of a group opposed to the new Windsor-Essex hospital plan demonstrate outside Windsor Regional Hospitals Ouellette campus on June 1, 2018. Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News. BY MARK BROWN JUNE 1, 2018 12:10PM@markbrownradio Windsor-Residents opposed to the planned location of a new Windsor-Essex hospital are trying a new approach. Members of the Ontario […]

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RELEASE: Doug Ford must answer key questions on his “murky” health care plans urges Ontario Health Coalition

Natalie Mehra – Executive Director, OHC speaking to reporters, Oct. 2017. photo courtesy Ontario Health Coalition. Doug Ford must answer key questions on his “murky” health care plans as numerous Conservative candidates refuse to attend numerous health care all-candidates’ debates. Toronto – With the Ontario election just seven days away the Ontario Health Coalition — […]

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RELEASE: Coalition Takes to the Street in Effort to Save Hospital Services in the City of Windsor

Coalition Takes to the Street in Effort to Save Hospital Services in the City of Windsor Toronto – At the Windsor Regional Hospital, Ouellette Campus, advocates of saving hospital services in the city of Windsor displayed lawn signs that are popping up all over Windsor.  The lawn signs are really popular and requests are flooding […]

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Long-term care system in crisis, Thunder Bay News, May 30, 2018

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/long-term-care-system-in-crisis-unifor-938830 More funding and more health care workers needed to improve quality of care in long-term care homes across the region say front-line staff and families. May 30, 2018 by: Doug Diaczuk  Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, said staffing shortages is an issue impacting long-term care homes across the province. (Photos by […]

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Doc in your pocket: would you pay for a healthcare app? City News, May 30, 2018

Doc in your pocket: would you pay for a healthcare app? by Amanda Ferguson Posted May 30, 2018 6:38 pm EDT You can order your dinner online. And a ride. Well how about an app that replaces going to a doctor’s office? That’s what Maple is all about — an online service where you can […]

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Hospital crowding: Why all 3 major Ontario parties are promising more LTC beds. All parties promising new long-term care beds, but PCs not talking about hospital funding, CBC, May 25, 2018

Hospital crowding: Why all 3 major Ontario parties are promising more LTC beds All parties promising new long-term care beds, but PCs not talking about hospital funding Joanne Chianello · CBC · Posted: May 25, 2018 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 7 hours ago Hallway medicine has become commonplace in overcrowded Ontario hospitals. (Raj Dabb/Twitter) For Nancy Parker, it […]

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RELEASE: Doug Ford must answer key questions on his “murky” health care plans as numerous Conservative candidates refuse to attend numerous health care all-candidates’ debates

Doug Ford must answer key questions on his “murky” health care plans as numerous Conservative candidates refuse to attend numerous health care all-candidates’ debates Toronto – With the Ontario election just two weeks away the Ontario Health Coalition — a public health care advocacy group — is calling on Conservative Party leader Doug Ford to […]

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Ontario Health Coalition talks provincial election at Durham hospitals, Clarington This Week, May 24, 2018

Ontario Health Coalition talks provincial election at Durham hospitals Health care advocates want to see 5.3 per cent increase in hospital funding NewsMay 24, 2018by Jennifer O’Meara Clarington This Week   Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra, along with Charlie Courneyer, the co-chair of the Durham Health Coalition, were in front of Lakeridge Health […]

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EVENT: June 22 Summit Registration Form

As the June 7 election draws near it seems more likely than ever that Ontario will have a new government. We are calling on our affiliates and active members to come together to strategize in light of the new context. This is a high-level meeting meant for leadership, policy and campaign staff and volunteers, active […]

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Parties urged to do more for healthcare, The Oshawa Express, May 23, 2018

Parties urged to do more for healthcare May 23, 2018 by Joel Wittnebel Natalie Mehra, the executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition and Charlie Couraneyea, the co-chair of the Durham Health Coalition, were at Lakeridge Health for a press conference urging the political parties to make healthcare a priority in this election. (Photo by Joel Wittnebel/The […]

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London Health Coalition criticizes PC candidate for failing to commit to healthcare debate, CBC, May 23, 2018

London Health Coalition criticizes PC candidate for failing to commit to healthcare debate Organizers say Susan Truppe is the only candidate who will not be at the forum CBC News · Posted: May 23, 2018 1:30 PM ET | Last Updated: 2 hours ago Peter Bergmanis, chair of the London Health Coalition, said Susan Truppe is the […]

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Candidates agree on more funding for health care, Windsor Star, May 23, 2018

Candidates agree on more funding for health care All candidates at a Tuesday night all-candidates meeting agreed health care must be a priority in the upcoming provincial election. TAYLOR CAMPBELL Updated: May 23, 2018 All Candidates’ Meeting on Health Care: Who Wins, Who Loses?0:40 SHAREADJUSTCOMMENTPRINT There seems to be little argument. Health care will be […]

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Candidates agree on more funding for health care, Windsor Star, May 23, 2018

Candidates agree on more funding for health care All candidates at a Tuesday night all-candidates meeting agreed health care must be a priority in the upcoming provincial election. Taylor Campbell Updated: May 23, 2018 There seems to be little argument. Health care will be a major issue in the upcoming provincial election. All nine local […]

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Candidates’ debate on health care Thursday in Grimsby, Grimsby Lincoln News, May 22, 2018

Candidates’ debate on health care Thursday in Grimsby Niagara West candidates set to talk health care May 24 News May 22, 2018 Grimsby Lincoln News Candidates from the Niagara West Riding will be tackling the issue of health care Thursday night. A special health-care debate will take place Thursday, May 24, from 6:30-9 p.m. at […]

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Rebuild Hospitals and Long-Term Care, Leftstreamed, May 20, 2018

Rebuild Public Hospitals and Long-Term Care May 20, 2018 After touring Ontario in recent weeks, Ontario Health Coalition spokeswoman Natalie Mehra returned to Toronto on 16 May 2018 at a press conference outside the Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Hospital to talk about the crisis in access to healthcare. Noting that the Coalition’s mandate is to […]

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Health debate to be focus of all-candidates meeting Tuesday, Windsor Star, May 18, 2018

Health debate to be focus of all-candidates meeting Tuesday Health care is the hottest topic in the provincial election, right up there with skyrocketing hydro bills, and local candidates will be asked how they’ll address it. Anne Jarvis, Windsor Star Updated: May 18, 2018 Erie Shores HealthCare Tyler Brownbridge / Windsor Star Health care is […]

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Health Coalition Calls for Concrete Commitments, Sault Online, May 16, 2018

Health Coalition Calls for Concrete Commitments Lynne Brown After touring Ontario in recent weeks, The Ontario Health Coalition’s Executive Director, Natalie Mehra, returned to Toronto and held a press conference outside the Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Hospital.  Mehra emphasized that there is a crisis as it relates to access to health care. Mehra stated […]

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RELEASE: Provincial Election Discussion Should be About Rebuilding Public Hospitals & Long-Term Care Not “Efficiencies” or “Lean” or Code Words for Cuts: Health Coalition Calls for Concrete Commitments to Redress the Crisis in Access to Care

 Provincial Election Discussion Should be About Rebuilding Public Hospitals & Long-Term Care Not “Efficiencies” or “Lean” or Code Words for Cuts: Health Coalition Calls for Concrete Commitments to Redress the Crisis in Access to Care Toronto – After touring Ontario in recent weeks, Health Coalition spokeswoman Natalie Mehra returned to Toronto this morning at a […]

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Les libéraux ont-ils vraiment ouvert 24 « nouveaux » hôpitaux en Ontario? CBC, May 16, 2018

Les libéraux ont-ils vraiment ouvert 24 « nouveaux » hôpitaux en Ontario? Publié le mercredi 16 mai 2018 à 6 h 52Mis à jour le 16 mai 2018 à 6 h 53 La première ministre de l’Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, lors d’une annonce de financement à l’Hôpital général de North York le 22 mars 2018 Photo : Radio-Canada/Claudine Brulé La chef du Parti libéral […]

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Candidates grilled on health care platforms, The Chatham Voice, May 15, 2018

  Candidates grilled on health care platforms May 15 • Feature Story, Local News • No Comments on Candidates grilled on health care platforms Candidates in the upcoming June provincial election took part in their first local debate Thursday night. From left is Liberal Margaret Schleier Stahl, Green Party Mark Vercouteren, NDP Jordan McGrail and sitting PC MPP Rick Nicholls. […]

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LETTER: Health questions for provincial candidates, The Whig, May 13th 2018

http://www.thewhig.com/2018/05/13/letter-health-questions-for-provincial-candidates Sunday, May 13, 2018 8:56:12 EDT PM The Kingston Health Coalition proposed to the campaign managers of Kingston’s provincial candidates to hold an all-candidates meeting on the topic of health care in Ontario. The representatives replied that they already had received from Health City Ontario a request for such an event. They also received […]

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Premier Wynne is going to improve the healthcare system by hiring 3500 nurses, The Siver Times, May 12th 2018

https://sivtimes.com/premier-wynne-is-going-to-improve-the-healthcare-system-by-hiring-3-nurses-500-photo/24563/ magictr | May 12, 2018 | News | The Ontario government, headed by liberals, is obliged to hire 3 nurses 500, as stated by the Prime Minister of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne on Thursday, may 10. “Registered nurses are at the forefront of Ontario with an improved health care system,” said Quinn, making the announcement at the hospital for Sick […]

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Candidates square off on health; Local advocates press party standard-bearers on issues ranging from wait times to water quality, Chatham Daily News, May 11, 2018

Candidates square off on health; Local advocates press party standard-bearers on issues ranging from wait times to water quality The Chatham Daily News Fri May 11 2018 Byline: Trevor Terfloth On such issues as funding, wait times and water quality, local advocates pressed provincial candidates on health care during a debate in Chatham on Thursday […]

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Health-care ‘crisis’ topic of upcoming debates, St. Catharines Standard, May 11, 2018

Health-care ‘crisis’ topic of upcoming debates St. Catharines Standard Fri May 11 2018 Byline: Allan Benner It will take more than fleeting election promises to resolve the crisis that is brewing in hospitals across Ontario, says Ontario Health Coalition board member Doug Allan. As people contend with overcrowded hospital emergency departments and lengthy wait lists to access […]

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Hospitals Running at Crisis Levels – Watchdog, North Bay Nugget, May 11th 2018

http://www.nugget.ca/2018/05/11/hospitals-running-at-crisis-levels—watchdog By Mary Katherine Keown, Postmedia Friday, May 11, 2018 11:46:33 EDT PM Ontario hospitals need about $1 billion to operate properly, says Natalie Mehra of the Ontario Health Coalition. (Postmedia file photo) It should be no surprise that Ontario is facing a health care crunch. But it has become a hot topic in the […]

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Health coalition calls for major funding hike, Windsor Star, May 11, 2018

Health coalition calls for major funding hike Windsor Star , Fri May 11 2018 Byline: Sharon Hill Ontario’s health-care system is in crisis and it’s vital to get all political parties to commit to increasing funding for hospitals before the June 7 election, Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra said Monday. “At this point, the downsizing has simply gone […]

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Ontario Health Coalition: It’s time to rebuild Ontario’s health care system, Sudbury.com, May 11th 2018

https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/ontario-health-coalition-its-time-to-rebuild-ontarios-health-care-system-922225 Ontario has the lowest number of hospital beds per person in the country May 11, 2018 6:01 PM by: Matt Durnan Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra stopped in Sudbury on May 11 to talk about the organization’s platform with a group of Sudburians, including the chair of Sudbury’s health coalition, Dot Klein (right). (Matt […]

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Wynne commits to hiring 3,500 nurses as she argues PC plan means health care cuts, CBC News Toronto, May 10, 2018

Wynne commits to hiring 3,500 nurses as she argues PC plan means health care cuts CBC.CA News Thu May 10 2018, 4:40pm ET Section: Toronto Byline: CBC News A Liberal government will hire 3,500 more nurses in Ontario, Kathleen Wynne said Thursday, as she took aim at the Progressive Conservatives’ promises to cut the corporate tax […]

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Health-care ‘crisis’ topic of upcoming debates, The St. Catharines Standard, May 10th 2018

https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news-story/8601974-health-care-crisis-topic-of-upcoming-debates/ NEWS May 10, 2018 by Allan Benner  The St. Catharines Standard   Doug Allan and Sue Hotte from the Ontario Health Coalition discuss plans for a series of debates in Niagara’s provincial ridings on the delivery of health care services. – Allan Benner , The St. Catharines Standard It will take more than fleeting election promises to resolve […]

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CKL candidates debate health care, Chatham Daily News, May 10th 2018

http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/2018/05/10/ckl-candidates-debate-health-care  By Trevor Terfloth, Chatham Daily News Thursday, May 10, 2018 10:57:29 EDT PM Local health-care advocates hosted an all-candidates night at Aristo’s Banquet Hall in Chatham on Thursday. From left are Chatham-Kent-Leamington provincial candidates Margaret Schleier Stahl, of the Liberal party, Mark Vercouteren, of the Green party, Jordan McGrail, of the New Democrats, and Rick […]

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CK-Leamington Candidates Debate Health Care

http://blackburnnews.com/chatham/chatham-news/2018/05/10/ck-leamington-candidates-debate-health-care/  BY KIRK DICKINSON MAY 10, 2018 10:15PM@KDickinsonNews Candidates for the Chatham-Kent Leamington riding debate health care at Smitty’s Family Restaurant in Chatham, May 10, 2018. From left, Margaret Schleier, Mark Vercouteren, Jordan McGrail, and Rick Nicholls. (Photo courtesy of Chris Bright) With provincial election campaigns in full swing, the chair of the Chatham-Kent Registered Nurses’ Association of […]

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Wynne commits to hiring 3,500 nurses as she argues PC plan means health care cuts, CBC News, May 10th 2018

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-health-care-nurses-funding-hospitals-1.4657367 Announcement is welcome, Ontario Health Coalition says, but ‘it’s not the end of the story and it can’t be’ CBC News · Posted: May 10, 2018 4:40 PM ET | Last Updated: May 10 Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne says the PCs proposed tax cuts will have an impact on services in the province. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press) […]

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Time to fix health-care crisis, coalition says, Sarnia Observer, May 9, 2018

Time to fix health-care crisis, coalition says Sarnia Observer Wed May 9 2018 Byline: Tyler Kula The head of the Ontario Health Coalition is pushing for all political parties to reinvest in hospitals and boost the number of nursing home beds in Ontario to fend off what she calls a crisis in health care. “What we’re saying […]

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Health-care watchdog group calling for more hospital and nursing home funding, Sarnia Observer, May 8, 2018

http://www.theobserver.ca/2018/05/08/health-care-watchdog-group-calling-for-more-hospital-and-nursing-home-funding Health-care watchdog group calling for more hospital and nursing home funding By Tyler Kula, Sarnia Observer Tuesday, May 8, 2018 3:45:09 EDT PM Ontario Health Coalition Executive Director Natalie Mehra was in Sarnia Tuesday. It was a stop on her provincial tour calling for more investment in hospitals and long-term care. (Tyler Kula/Sarnia Observer) The […]

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Health Coalition Says Hospital Care In Crisis, Sarnia News, May 8th 2018

http://blackburnnews.com/sarnia/sarnia-news/2018/05/08/health-coalition-says-hospital-care-crisis/ BY LEE MICHAELS MAY 8, 2018 12:55PM Main entrance at Bluewater Health’s Sarnia hospital. Photo by Meghan Bond. The executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition says there are two major things the next provincial government must do to fix our broken health care system. Natalie Mehra stopped in Sarnia on Tuesday during her province-wide […]

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Health funding must increase to deal with crisis, says Ontario Health Coalition, Windsor Star, May 8th 2018

http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/health-funding-must-increase-to-deal-with-crisis-says-ontario-health-coalition  SHARON HILL, WINDSOR STAR Published on: May 8, 2018 | Last Updated: May 8, 2018 12:44 PM EDT Ontario’s health-care system is in crisis and it’s vital to get all political parties to commit to increasing funding for hospitals before the June 7 election, Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra said Monday. “At […]

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Election Candidates To Weigh In On Health Care, Chatham News, May 8th 2018

http://blackburnnews.com/chatham/chatham-news/2018/05/08/election-candidates-weigh-health-care/ BY SARAH COWAN MAY 8, 2018 10:56AM. scowannews Photo courtesy of © Can Stock Photo Inc. / jirsak With the provincial election less than a month away, local candidates will be quizzed this week on how they will address health care issues in the region. The Chatham-Kent Health Coalition is partnering with the Chatham-Kent Registered Nurses’ Association […]

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Health Coalition on Pre-Election Tour, AM800 CKLW, May 7th 2018

http://www.iheartradio.ca/am800/news/health-coalition-on-pre-election-tour-1.3803550 PETER LANGILLE Monday, May 7th 2018 – 2:49 pm Ontario Health Coalition Executive Director Nathalie Mehra, speaking in Windsor, May 7, 2018 (by AM800’s Peter Langille) The Ontario Health Coalition is hoping to keep a focus on hospital funding in the upcoming provincial election. Executive Director Nathalie Mehra is in Windsor today speaking with […]

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Rally held to put focus on healthcare for the provincial election, CTV London, May 5, 2018

Rally held to put the focus on healthcare for the provincial election London, CTV London Published Saturday, May 5, 2018 6:43PM EDT https://london.ctvnews.ca/rally-held-to-put-the-focus-on-healthcare-for-the-provincial-election-1.3916888 Calling it a crisis in healthcare, protestors lined Commissioners Road in front of the London Health Sciences Centre Victoria Campus on Saturday morning. It was part of an effort to make hospital […]

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Londoners rally to end overcrowding in Ontario hospitals, Global News, May 5, 2018

Londoners rally to end overcrowding in Ontario hospitals  By Christian D’Avino Reporter  980 CFPL https://globalnews.ca/news/4189470/londoners-rally-to-end-overcrowding-in-ontario-hospitals/ Londoners joined the London Health Coalition Saturday for the Crisis in Health Care Rally Christian D’Avino / 980 CFPL Members of the London Health Coalition gathered at Victoria Hospital to rally for what they’re calling a crisis in Ontario’s healthcare […]

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Public health care watchdog launching in Waterloo Region, CTV Kitchener, May, 4, 2018

Public health care watchdog launching in Waterloo Region Healthcare watchdog launches new chapter The Ontario Health Coalition says it’s launching a new chapter in Waterloo Region. CTV Kitchener Published Friday, May 4, 2018 7:28AM EDT Last Updated Friday, May 4, 2018 7:29AM EDT The Ontario Health Coalition says it’s launching a new chapter in Waterloo […]

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Palliative care inadequate for coming ‘silver tsunami’ concludes Hamilton report, May 2, 2018, Hamilton Spectator

Palliative care inadequate for coming ‘silver tsunami’ concludes Hamilton report Significant gaps in end-of-life care were found in a case study of Hamilton that found the hospital remains the most common place to die. 02 May 2018 by Joanna Frketich The Hamilton Spectator https://www.thespec.com/news-story/8584796-palliative-care-inadequate-for-coming-silver-tsunami-concludes-hamilton-report/ Significant gaps in end-of-life care were found in a case study […]

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Municipal election, healthcare and residential schools, Bill Kelly Show (Global News), May 2, 2018

https://omny.fm/shows/bill-kelly-show/municipal-election-healthcare-and-residential-scho#description  Description Photo: (Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters) People who are wanting to run for mayor or city councillor in the upcoming fall municipal election are now eligible to register. This will be the first election under the new ward boundaries. Guest: John Best. Publisher of the Bay Observer. Healthcare is one of the hot button issues […]

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CBC RADIO ONE INTERVIEW: For those who missed it: CBC Ontario Today show on overcrowded hospitals with OHC’s Natalie Mehra

  The stories were shocking… and heartbreaking. Caller after caller on Ontario Today’s noon call-in show told CBC Ontario Today host Rita Celli and Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra about being left in broom closets, storage areas, a bathroom and hallways waiting for a hospital bed in overcrowded hospitals across Ontario. Family members […]

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What overcrowding in hospitals looks like in Ontario – CBC Radio One interview with Natalie Mehra, April 27, 2018

Patients in washrooms, closets, hallways http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/ontario-today/episode/15540308 What overcrowding in hospitals looks like in Ontario.

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Friends of Medicare discusses effects of for-profit clinics, The Lethbridge Herald, April 26, 2018

Friends of Medicare discusses effects of for-profit clinics The Lethbridge Herald Thu Apr 26 2018 Byline: Schnarr, J.W. How private clinics can affect public health care was discussed Monday night in Lethbridge during a town hall-style meeting held by Friends of Medicare. The group is on a four-stop tour to raise awareness around issues they […]

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More is needed at Sydenham campus, Wallaceburg Courier Press, April 26, 2018

More is needed at Sydenham campus Wallaceburg Courier Press Thu Apr 26 2018 Section: News Byline: Shirley Roebuck, Source: Wallaceburg Courier Press I read with interest the article in last week’s Courier Press, titled “First step towards renewing Wallaceburg’s Sydenham Campus.” The article explained the long history of our hospital’s infrastructure and resistance to maintaining […]

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Natalie Mehra on CBC Radio One – Ontario Today with Rita Celli at noon, Thursday April 26

Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra is on CBC radio’s Ontario Today show at noon today talking about the crisis of hospital overcrowding.  It is a call-in show so please share your stories and thoughts

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New cardiology unveiled tocombat long wait times, CBC News Windsor, April 25, 2018

 New private cardiology clinic unveiled to combat long wait times CBC.CA News Wed Apr 25 2018, 5:58pm ET Section: Windsor Byline: CBC News People who have suffered a cardiac incident have a new place to receive treatment ? but it will come at a cost. The Windsor-Essex Rehabilitation & Wellness Centre was unveiled Wednesday during a grand opening. […]

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Private clinics blur lines of care versus profit: FoM, Medicine Hat News, April 25th 2018

http://medicinehatnews.com/news/local-news/2018/04/25/private-clinics-blur-lines-of-care-versus-profit-fom/ BY GILLIAN SLADE ON APRIL 25, 2018. gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade In the past two decades there has been a proliferation of private medical clinics that are potentially a violation of the Canada Health Act, said Friends of Medicare at a local public event Tuesday night. Private clinics typically provide medical care with “add-ons,” which blurs […]

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Extra-billing crackdown is long overdue, Times Colonist (Victoria), April 22, 2018

 Extra-billing crackdown is long overdue Times Colonist (Victoria) Sun Apr 22 2018 Byline: Edith Machattie And Rick Turner The B.C. government is taking decisive action on an illegal activity known as “extra-billing,” bucking a years-long trend of ignoring illegal health-care fees charged to patients in B.C. On April 4, Health Minister Adrian Dix announced plans […]

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Groups come together about voicing concerns about proposed mega-hospital, AM800 CKLW, April 18th 2018

ROB HINDI Wednesday, April 18th 2018 – 11:07 am Philippa von Ziegenweidt, Natalie Mehra and Michael Hurley, April 17, 2018 (Photo by AM800’s Rob Hindi) More questions and concerns regarding the proposed location of the hospital project in Windsor-Essex. On Tuesday, Citizens For An Accountable Mega-Hospital Planning Process along with the Ontario Health Coalition, Ontario […]

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Coalition Forms To Challenge Hospital Site, Windsor Square, April 18th 2018

http://www.windsorsquare.ca/archives/2018/coalition-forms-to-challenge-hospital-site/112564 BY: IAN SHALAPATA 18 APRIL 2018 Michael Hurley, the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE, addresses a full house at the University of Windsor’s School of Social Work on 17 April 2018. The public consultation forum was held to outline the drawbacks to the proposed health care plan for Windsor. Photo by John Skinner. […]

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Public Forum On New Hospital’s Location, Windsor News, April 17th 2018

http://blackburnnews.com/windsor/windsor-news/2018/04/17/public-forum-new-hospitals-location/ BY ADELLE LOISELLE APRIL 17, 2018 10:24AM @ALoiselleNews If you have concerns about the location of Windsor’s new acute care hospital on County Rd. 42, there is a public forum in Windsor to discuss it. The Citizens for an Accountable Mega-Hospital Planning Process, or CAMPP, is one of five community groups hosting a public meeting […]

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HALLWAY HEALTH CARE, Toronto Life, April 16, 2018

This woman waited 47 hours for surgery with broken bones, cracked ribs and internal bleeding

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RELEASE: Doug Ford’s Figures “Way Off”: Coalition Deeply Concerned About His Statements on Hospitals in Northern Ontario

On this week’s swing through Northwestern Ontario PC Party Leader Doug Ford cited wildly incorrect numbers for hospital bed costs and raised the spectre of another round of hospital bed cuts. Mr. Ford was quoted in Thunder Bay’s media yesterday falsely stating that comparable hospital beds cost $3,500 while long-term care beds cost a fraction […]

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Liberals offer new drug and dental coverage for Ontarians without health plans, Toronto Star, March 28, 2018

  Liberals offer new drug and dental coverage for Ontarians without health plans at work ‎  

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Ontario pre-election budget promises new spending, multi-year deficits, CP, March 28, 2018

Ontario pre-election budget promises new spending, multi-year deficits

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RELEASE: Good news budget but most health care funding is back-end loaded to years away: Coalition concerned about one-year bump up followed by austerity

(March 28, 2018)  – TORONTO – Emerging from the budget lock up this afternoon, Ontario Health Coalition spokespeople were positive but cautious about the health care funding announcements. Overall, the budget plans a one-year bump up in funding and several high-profile public service funding and program announcements. But the budget also contains a number of tax […]

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Ontario promises new spending, deficits as election looms, BNN, March 28, 2018

Ontario promises new spending, deficits as election looms  TORONTO — As it braces to fight for re-election this spring, Ontario’s Liberal government has rolled out a spending package that targets nearly every demographic while plunging the province back into deficit, with the books expected to stay in the red for six years. The 2018-2019 budget, […]

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MEDIA ADVISORY: OHC to respond to Ontario Budget

TORONTO – Natalie Mehra, Executive Director of the Ontario Health Coalition, will be available for comment on the Ontario Budget at Queen’s Park today, March 28th after 4:00 p.m. Dana Boettger, OHC Communications, 416-441-2502 The Ontario Health Coalition and local coalitions throughout Ontario are working on fighting hospital cuts, protecting public health care for all, […]

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Scarborough Liberal MPPs again promise to ‘champion’ hospital projects, March 26, 2018, Scarborough Mirror and Inside Toronto

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RELEASE: Better but not cured:  Health Coalition responds to Wynne pre-election funding announcement

(TORONTO) – Today’s hospital funding announcement is a move in the right direction but still falls short, the Ontario Health Coalition reported at Queen’s Park after the announcement. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced a 4.6 per cent increase in hospital funding to be unveiled in next week’s provincial Budget, just weeks in advance of the June […]

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Ailing Ontario man stuck in U.S. hospital because insurance company can’t find bed back home, CBC News, March 20, 2018

3rd recent incident prompts health minister to call for meeting with insurance association By Ieva Lucs, CBC News Posted: Mar 20, 2018 3:51 PM ETLast Updated: Mar 21, 2018 8:00 AM ET Lilian and Todd Hrabchak are seen here in a Florida hospital on March 20. They are trying to get back home to Toronto but […]

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RELEASE: OHC supports public dental care

(TORONTO)   “A public dental plan, like public health care, is fundamentally about equity.  It’s about providing all people with the opportunity to live healthy, dignified lives, and fulfil their human potential.”   Natalie Mehra, Executive Director OHC “Public dental care to cover everyone is welcome news from NDP Leader Andrea Horwath,” says Natalie Mehra, Executive Director of […]

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Patient advocacy group calls for change as hospital overcrowding leaves Ontarians stranded abroad, 980 CFPL London, March 6, 2018

Patient advocacy group calls for change as hospital overcrowding leaves Ontarians stranded abroad By Staff 980 CFPL FILE – The sagas of two London men came to light recently, after they were stuck abroad due to a shortage of beds at local hospitals. Matthew Trevithick/980 CFPL As Ontarians continue to hear nightmare stories about residents […]

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Unions, doctors and health care advocates for pharmacare Toronto, March 1, 2018 (Globe Newswire)

http://www.menafn.com/1096536081/Unions-doctors-and-health-care-advocates-call-for-pharmacare

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UPDATE: Time To Care Rally Video

Almost a thousand people came out to push Bill 33 over the top and win a regulated minimum care standard of an average of 4-hours hands-on care per day for long-term care (nursing home) residents.  The crowd was joined by France Gélinas, NDP Health Critic and sponsor of the Bill which has already passed 1st […]

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ACTION UPDATE: Pharmacare Ontario Tour

Over the next few months, the Ontario Health Coalition will join the Canadian Labour Congress in the Ontario leg of a national tour to more than 25 communities. Featuring Canada’s foremost pharmacare experts and advocates, these important discussions will address why we need a prescription drug plan that covers all Canadians. Click here for tour […]

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Patients make political push to save Cardiac Fitness Institute CBC News, Feb 23, 2018

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/cfi-closure-1.4549665  

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Area MPPs, health coalition join foes of Cardiac Fitness Institute closing for Victoria Hospital demonstration The London Free Press, Feb 23, 2018

http://www.lfpress.com/2018/02/23/area-mpps-health-coalition-join-foes-of-cardiac-fitness-institute-closing-for-victoria-hospital-demonstration

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UPDATE: TIME TO CARE RALLY – February 27, 2018 at 12 p.m., Queen’s Park

Time to Care Rally So far we have hundreds coming. But we need more than that. This time, every person counts. PLEASE COME OUT TIME TO CARE RALLY February 27, 2018 12 p.m. Queen’s Park GET ON A BUS – THEY ARE COMING FROM ALL OVER ONTARIO Please see the list below. You must reserve […]

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Flu outbreaks lifted at Windsor Regional Hospital, but overcrowding continues, CBC News, Feb 13, 2018

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/flu-outbreak-windsor-hospital-ends-1.4532903  

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ISSUE UPDATE: Ontario Health Coalition Succeeds in Protecting & Strengthening Ontario’s Ban on Private Hospitals

We sent out an update in early December, but it appears that many of you did not get it. Here is the final update on our campaign in late November/early December to restore Ontario’s ban on private clinics after the government removed it in their omnibus health care bill that was brought to the legislature […]

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BACKGROUNDER: CALL TO ACTION: Take these actions to win improved long-term care in Ontario asap: Pass Bill 33!

It’s Time to Care: Your Support Can Help Us Win Improved Care Standards in Ontario’s Long-Term Care Homes Now Not Enough Care As you know, the key issue for residents, families, care workers and advocates in long-term care is that there simply is not enough care. For more than a decade, we have been advocating to […]

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Hospital bed money not enough: Nickel Belt MPP, Sudbury Star, Feb 3, 2018

http://www.thesudburystar.com/2018/02/03/hospital-bed-money-not-enough-nickel-belt-mpp Hospital bed money not enough: Nickel Belt MPP By Sudbury Star Staff Saturday, February 3, 2018 12:52:44 EST AM ‘Hallway medicine’ in Ontario and Sudbury will continue, the NDP’s Health critic and Nickel Belt MPP says. France Gélinas said Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins’ announcement Friday to extend provincial funding for 1,235 ‘temporary’ hospital beds […]

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RELEASE: Health Minister’s hospital bed announcement welcome but it is only a temporary band aid, more is needed: Health Coalition

Health Minister’s hospital bed announcement welcome but it is only a temporary band aid, more is needed: Health Coalition (February 2, 2018)  Toronto – “Although the Minister’s announcement today promising to extend funding for 1,235 ‘temporary’ hospital beds for one year is a positive step it is only a temporary band aid that will not […]

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Ontario pledges $187M to ease hospital crowding next year CBC News, Feb 2, 2018

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/hoskins-hospital-bed-funding-announcement-1.451651

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URGENT ACTION ALERT: New Bill Allows Private For-Profit Hospitals & More Private For-Profit Clinics

(November 23, 2017) The Ontario government is moving forward with legislation that lifts the ban on private hospitals, rolls private hospitals in with private clinics and renames them, offensively, Community Health Facilities, and makes it easier for private hospitals and clinics to expand and more difficult for the Minister to stop them. This legislation was brought in with no […]

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