Save Our Services: March 4 Health Care Rallies

February 27, 2013, 3:50 PM EST

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A day of action to save quality, public health services in Ontario is planned for communities across the province on Monday, March 4.

The rallies, which are coordinated by the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC), are in reaction to the Ontario government's austerity budget. The OHC is warning of the negative impact of the Ontario government curtailing health spending by more than $3 billion, "most of which will be shouldered by hospitals and OHIP," an OHC release states.

CAW President Ken Lewenza urged wide-spread support for the March 4 rallies and ongoing efforts to not only save but also improve quality, universal public health services.

"Public health care must be protected from privatization, cutbacks and underfunding," Lewenza said. "I encourage CAW members to take part in these rallies and to speak out loudly and take action to protect public health care not only on March 4, but also in the months ahead."

Support Our Services (SOS) rallies and events will be held in Campbellford; Chatham-Kent;  Durham Region; Guelph; Kingston; Listowel; London; Niagara; Ottawa; Perth/Smiths Falls; Peterborough; Petrolia; Quinte West/Picton; St. Marys; Sudbury; Thunder Bay; Toronto and Windsor.

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"Thousands of surgeries are being cut from our local non-profit hospitals to be privatized to for-profit corporations, or they are simply cut," said Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition director. "Hundreds of health professionals, nurses and hospital support staff are being cut along with the services they provide."

Ontario Health Services are under severe pressure already, the OHC says:

  • Ontario already funds its hospitals at the lowest rate per person of any province in Canada;
  • Ontario has the fewest hospital beds per person in Canada;
  • The province has lost 18,500 beds to cuts since 1990.

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