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Mass rally against hospital cuts planned for November 30th

Posted: October 22, 2015

(October 22, 2015)

By Richard Coffin, Fox Radio

Health care workers are looking to North Bay residents to circle November 30th on their calendars and join in a mass rally that’s being held against cuts at the hospital.

Ontario Health Coalition Director Natalie Mehra says the cuts are the “worst in Ontario right now” and the goal is to put pressure on the province to change course on it’s hospital funding policy.

The rally is taking place at 12 noon on November 30th at Lee Park with a delegation going to Queen’s Park and broadcasting the event there too.

Meantime, CUPE National President Paul Moist says they’ve reached out to the incoming Federal government.

He also says they’ll be asking incoming MP Anthony Rota to speak up on behalf of funding for the system and to let him know about the rally.

In a release, officials say 4,150 people in North Bay took in the two teleconference calls Thursday night.

They say many who participated, shared heart-wrenching accounts about being discharged from North Bay Regional Hospital (NBRHC) too soon and too sick to be sent home, with little or no care supports at home or in the community.

From the 92-year old woman who told how she was sent home with pneumonia that lasted for weeks, to the patient discharged the next day after having a breast removed,“it must be clear to the provincial government that people are suffering as a result of these hospital cuts. It’s time for a funding increase for Ontario’s hospitals,” said Michael Hurley the president of CUPE’s Ontario Council of Hospital Unions.

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