Most op­pose re­forms: poll

The Glengarry News - - News -

About 70 per cent of Stor­mont-Dundas-South Glen­garry cit­i­zens op­pose the On­tario gov­ern­ment’s re­form of the health sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey con­ducted by the Cana­dian Union of Pub­lic Em­ploy­ees.

The poll of 1,500 res­i­dents in Conservati­ve-held rid­ings in Glen­garry, Ottawa, Ren­frew and Pem­broke shows that 71 per cent don't sup­port the pro­posed PC plans to re­struc­ture health care. “The poll re­sults show clearly that even in rid­ings where just 10 months ago PC MPPs were elected, the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple are not on board with any of these changes. We be­lieve that most On­tar­i­ans in­her­ently un­der­stand the mag­ni­tude of the chaos and up­heaval Premier Ford and the PCs are un­leash­ing on pa­tients and they don't sup­port it,” says On­tario Coun­cil of Hos­pi­tal Unions/CUPE pres­i­dent Michael Hur­ley. Other find­ings were: 76% don't agree that On­tario's 150 hos­pi­tals should be merged into 30-50 su­per-hos­pi­tals;

77% don't think merg­ing health care providers will save the province money.

69% don't think that merg­ing hos­pi­tals, long-term care and other providers will end hall­way health care at their com­mu­nity hos­pi­tal;

76% don't think that On­tario needs an­other level of bu­reau­cracy in the form of a su­per agency;

66% don't sup­port us­ing for-profit cor­po­ra­tions to pro­vide health care ser­vices;

66% don't sup­port in­creas­ing pri­va­tized de­liv­ery of home care.

The sur­vey was con­ducted at the end of Fe­bru­ary in rid­ings that elected a PC MPP in the June 2018 elec­tion. The poll did not in­clude the most re­cent PC plans for pub­lic health cuts and para­medic ser­vices amal­ga­ma­tions.

CUPE On­tario pres­i­dent Fred Hahn says that the PCs “didn't con­sult with On­tar­i­ans about these health sys­tem changes and they don't have the pub­lic's sup­port to make them the polling shows. Keep in mind this polling was done be­fore the PC cuts to pub­lic health. We be­lieve On­tar­i­ans un­der­stand the value of pub­lic health preven­tion pro­grams – like con­tain­ing in­fec­tions and com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases. Cut­ting them is dan­ger­ous and the PCs are putting us all at risk.”

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