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Province dodging adequate funding for Kingston health services, say hospital workers at advocacy campaign kickoff

KINGSTON, Ont. – The McGuinty government must listen to the legitimate concerns of community health care advocates and take responsibility for funding gaps affecting local health service levels while the health system undergoes restructuring, said the president of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1974, representing 1,400 front line staff at Kingston General Hospital (KGH) at a media conference today.

The media conference kicked off a CUPE 1974 campaign focused on community advocacy as the Ontario Liberal government moves on radical health system changes under Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) that many anticipate will affect local health service levels.

“Our campaign,” said Rodrigues, “is a direct response to the approach we’ve seen here where the province is using the Liberal MPP and LHIN head as its agents to attempt to shutdown KGH’s advocacy efforts for adequate funding. {more…}

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