With $8 billion more in cuts coming, Ford PCs “worse than Harris” North Bay shorted 50 hospital beds, 268 staff, new report finds

NORTH BAY, ON – When it comes to hospital funding, Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative (PC) government is “worse than Mike Harris” new data reports released in North Bay today by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OHCU) show. For Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government to keep its proposed budget plan for the next five years,…

One year later; are Thunder Bay hospital patients faring better under Ford PCs? New report released Tuesday

THUNDER BAY, ON – When the Doug Ford Progressive Conservatives (PCs) took office last summer, they made vague promises about ending hallway medicine, increasing system capacity and no public sector staff layoffs, while cutting government spending on services. Now, one year later, have the PCs delivered? How they are really doing to enhance patients’ access…

Dozens of St. Mike’s hospital clerical staff laid off with 2 weeks’ notice; CUPE asks Premier Ford for an explanation and a solution

TORONTO, ON – Dozens of clerical staff at St. Mike’s, St. Joseph’s and Providence – Toronto’s most recent hospitals to undergo restructuring – have been laid off, many with two weeks’ notice, in contradiction to Premier Ford’s election promise that no one in the public sector would lose their jobs. The Canadian Union of Public…

Stop Public Health Cuts – Send a message to your MPP

Premier Doug Ford and the and the Ministry of Health have announced plans to cut over $200 million in funding to Public Health Units across Ontario and over a billion dollars in coming years. They’ve also announced that they will be cutting the number of health units from 35 to 10 and changing the funding…

Premier Ford said no one would lose their job; tell that to dozens of St. Mike’s clerical staff who just did

TORONTO, ON – Despite Premier Doug Ford’s repeated promise that, under his government, no public sector workers would lose their jobs, dozens of clerical staff at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital have just been terminated. “It does beg questions about the collateral damage of the Ford PC health system restructuring on patient care and staffing levels.…

In PC-held Ottawa, Renfrew, Pembroke, Glengarry ridings, 71% don’t support Ford government health system overhaul

OTTAWA, ON – 71% of the more than 1,500 residents polled in PC-held ridings in Ottawa, Glengarry, Renfrew and Pembroke say they don’t support the massive changes the PCs are planning to make to the province’s health system. Initially, these health system changes included merging the province’s 150 hospitals into 30-50 mega hospitals, privatizing services…