Health coali­tion in city to­day

North Bay Nugget - - NEWS -

A del­e­ga­tion of con­cerned cit­i­zens from Sud­bury and the sur­round­ing area is trav­el­ling to North Bay to­day to ex­press their con­cerns over cuts to health Sciences North in Sud­bury at an 11 am me­dia con­fer­ence out­side Nipiss­ing MPP Vic Fedeli’s of­fice on Main Street. The On­tario health Coali­tion says it has been re­quest­ing a meet­ing with Fedeli, the Fi­nance min­is­ter, re­gard­ing “se­vere cuts” at health Sciences North, in­clud­ing “the down­siz­ing of more than 50 full-time equiv­a­lent po­si­tions amount­ing to the loss of thou­sands of hours of front-line care and vi­tal pa­tient sup­port ser­vices.”

“In ad­di­tion, the cuts at HSN will neg­a­tively im­pact the res­i­dents of North Bay who are forced to travel to Sud­bury for an in­creas­ing scope of ser­vices as ser­vices at North Bay’s hos­pi­tal have been cut and cen­tral­ized to Sud­bury.”

The coali­tion says Sud­bury has “al­ready suf­fered dras­tic cuts to the hos­pi­tal ser­vices peo­ple need. “Three hos­pi­tals are now closed and have been re­placed by one. To­day, the one re­main­ing hos­pi­tal – which is also a re­gional hos­pi­tal -- is fac­ing dra­co­nian cuts to ser­vices and the staff that pro­vide them.”

The coali­tion rep­re­sents more than 500,000 On­tar­i­ans in a net­work of more than 400 mem­ber or­ga­ni­za­tions and more than 50 lo­cal chap­ters. It is made up of pa­tient groups, se­niors’ or­ga­ni­za­tions, unions rep­re­sent­ing health care work­ers and pri­vate sec­tor work­ers, health pro­fes­sion­als, doc­tors, nurses, cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions, women’s groups, anti-poverty and so­cial jus­tice groups, ec­u­meni­cal and faith or­ga­ni­za­tions, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, busi­nesses, and non-profit health and so­cial ser­vices.

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