RELEASE: More than 80,000 Ontarians Vote to Stop Wynne Government Plan to Cut Local Community Hospitals and Contract Out Care to Private Clinics: Health Care Advocates Call On the Premier and New Health Minister to Stop the Privatization Plan
Posted: July 17, 2014
(July 8, 2014)
One of the first major controversial issues faced by Ontario’s new Health Minister is the government’s plan to cut clinical services from local public hospitals and contract them out to regional private clinics. Today at the Ontario Legislature, hundreds of health care advocates representing every region of Ontario gathered to deliver more than 80,000 votes cast in a volunteer-led referendum that asked Ontarians whether or not they want to see their local public hospital services cut and contracted out to private clinics.
The vote demonstrates that public opposition to the cuts to community hospitals and contracting out to private clinics is overwhelming. After the media event, approximately 100 coalition volunteers from across Ontario will spend the afternoon meeting with MPPs to raise their concerns.