CALL-OUT: It’s Time to Take a Stand! Regional Days of Action to Stop Hospital Cuts and Hospital /Home Care Privatization
Posted: May 11, 2015
(May 11, 2015)
Days of Action
Rallies at senior government Ministers’ offices
10 a.m. Rally @ Cabinet Minister Ted McMeekin’s office, 299 Dundas St. E., Waterdown*For ride/carpool from Hamilton, meet by 9 a.m. at the Steelworkers’ Hall, 350 Kenilworth Ave. N., Hamilton. For more information contact Rolf Gerstenberger 289-260-9547
Hamilton residents will then travel by car/bus caravan down to St. Catharines:
12 p.m. Friday May 22 Rally at Jim Bradley’s office, 2 Secord Dr., Unit 2, St. CatharinesBus/carpool pick-up times and locations: Port Colborne: 10:30 a.m. Food Basics, 124 Clarence Ave. Welland: 11 a.m. Farmer’s Market, 50 Market Square. For more information or to book a seat, please contact Sue Hotte 905-932-1646
12 p.m. Friday June 12 Rally at Bob Chiarelli’s office, 201-2249 Carling Ave., Ottawa
12 p.m. Friday June 26 Rally at Deb Matthews’ office, 242 Piccadilly St., London
Our local public hospital & home care services are at serious risk from escalating cuts & privatization
Maternity units, labs, physio, entire wards, even entire hospitals are at risk of closure as a result of funding cuts. For 9 years in a row the Ontario government has set funding levels for hospitals at less than the rate of inflation. For the last 4 years, funding has been frozen at a 0% increase. In real-dollar terms this means hospital budgets can’t keep up with inflation, let alone population growth and aging.
Year after year, more and more services are cut. After decades of downsizing, hospital staff are cut to the bare bones. And virtually every service cut from our local hospitals is privatized. Patients face a growing array of user fees, like outrageous parking fees, and are being charged hundreds or even thousands of dollars for private clinics, home care and long-term care.
Now, the government has a plan to contract out and privatize virtually all our home care system, and start up competitive bidding again unless we stop them.
For more information:
(416) 441-2502 Toronto; (905) 932-1646 Niagara; (289) 260-9547 Hamilton; (613) 222-8392 Ottawa; (226) 448-3067 London.
MEDIA RELEASE Leaders of Organizations Representing Half-a-Million Ontarians Call for Regional Days of Action to Stop Health Care Cuts and Privatization