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REPORT: Proposed Scarborough-West Durham Hospital Merger: New report highlights $30 million cost and exposes plans to close hospital sites

Posted: July 17, 2014

(February 20, 2014)

The Ontario Health Coalition in conjunction with the Scarborough Health Coalition released a new report today entitled “Look Before You Leap” highlighting concerns surrounding the proposed hospital merger in Scarborough-West Durham.

The bottom line is that by the hospitals own numbers this hospital merger is going to cost $30 million; a cost that will take ten years to pay off,” said Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition. “Not only does this merger not save any money but it sets up the three hospital sites in Scarborough in particular for very significant service cuts and even total closures. In fact, documents filed with the LHIN reveal that the Scarborough hospital is proposing a plan either to close all three Scarborough hospital sites including emergency departments or replace them with one or two hospitals. This flies directly in the face of promises made by hospital leadership that no emergency departments would be closed.

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