Horwath Says Sarnia Hospital Cuts Must End
Posted: May 6, 2016
(May 6, 2016)
Author: Briana Carnegie, BlackburnNews.com
Sarnia’s healthcare representatives spoke out against Liberal healthcare cuts during a meeting with Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath Friday.
Horwath says hospital funding should be stable, predictable, and at minimum, keep pace with inflation and population growth.
She says concerns raised during the Sarnia meeting are being echoed elsewhere across the province.
“Certainly in southwestern Ontario there’s a significant problem and people are extremely upset with the Liberal government in terms of the way they’ve handled healthcare here,” says Horwath. “It’s the same across Ontario or similar across Ontario, but the southwest has been hit hard.”
Sarnia-Lambton Health Coalition Chair Shirley Roebuck felt it was a productive meeting.
“I think that we’ve certainly had more than our share of problems,” says Roebuck. “All of this, of course, starts at the provincial government level. Hospitals are not funded properly.”
Horwath says more than 1,200 nursing positions have been cut since the start of 2015 as provincial hospitals battle base funding freezes.
She says nearly 80 net positions have been lost at Bluewater Health in Sarnia and Petrolia over the last four years.
The 2016 provincial budget contains a 1% increase in funding.