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FEDELI SPEAKS OUT ON LOCAL HEALTH, EDUCATION CUTS

February 18, 2015

QUEEN’S PARK – Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli delivered a Members Statement in the
Ontario Legislature this afternoon regarding recent announcements affecting health care
and education in Nipissing.

In addition to voicing the concerns of local Community Care Access Centre (CCAC)
workers he met with last week, Fedeli also addressed recent cuts at North Bay Regional
Health Centre and Nipissing University. The text of his statement is as follows:

Speaker, last Friday, I met with several Community Care Access Centre workers on
the picket line in North Bay. Their message was clear, Speaker – they don’t feel
respected by this government, their clients aren’t getting the care they need, and
they want accountability in the way CCAC funds are being used. Their passion and
commitment to the people they serve is heartfelt, and they deserve to be treated
with dignity by this government.

My riding of Nipissing has seen a series of health care and education cuts in recent
months due to this government’s failed fiscal management. In total, nearly 130 full
and part-time jobs have been slashed at the North Bay Regional Health Centre,
including 68 RPNs.

This assault on front-line care also includes the elimination of pharmacy techs,
operating room attendants and personal support workers. At Nipissing University,
22 professors are being let go, following the layoffs of 16 support staff in
December, with a 3rd phase of restructuring in the works.

This government continues to say one thing and do the opposite. It’s cuts, not
jobs. To this government I say – after your billion dollar gas plant scandal and
billions wasted on poor infrastructure procurement …don’t you dare try to balance
the books on the backs of the workers of Nipissing.

Video of Fedeli’s statement can be found online at: http://youtu.be/Lu1zzt1qW5U

 

For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact:
Clint Thomas
Executive Assistant
(416) 325-3434 or (416) 710-1752


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