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Healthcare cut protests planned at Lindsay and Peterborough hospitals on Monday

Posted: April 23, 2016

(April 23, 2016)

By: Kawartha Lakes This Week

Events aim to draw addition to funding issues, beginning at 11 a.m.

Watch for a giant ballot, banners and red balloons outside Ross Memorial Hospital on Monday morning. It’s not a celebration, but a call to draw attention to changes to funding to the facility.

Organziers from the Ontario Health Coalition say the province is in the ninth consecutive year of real-dollar cuts to global hospital budgets, the longest stretch in Ontario’s history. These cuts mean that hospitals across the province, cannot keep up even with basic inflation. Hospitals have been cut to the point of dangerous overcrowding and understaffing and patients are paying the price, they claim.

On Monday April 25, details about a volunteer-led, cross-Ontario referendum will be announced at a highly visual media event in Toronto and conjointly at media events across the province.

An additional protest is also planned for 11 a.m. on the sidewalk outside the emergency department of Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

All this comes after a large protest at Queen’s Park on Saturday that drew concerned citizens and doctors from Peterborough and several communities around the province.

To find more  about the effects of the funding changes, read a Peterborough doctor’s perspective in his letter to the editor.

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