Most oppose reforms: poll
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.”