Health coalition in city today
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 “Three hospitals are now closed and have been replaced by one.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.