FEDELI ADDRESSES HEALTH CARE CONCERNSFebruary 17, 2016
QUEEN’S PARK – Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli spoke today in the Ontario Legislature about recent concerns raised in relation to health care cuts and the North Bay Regional Health Centre.
The prepared text of Fedeli’s Members’ Statement is as follows:
At the pre-budget hearings in recent weeks, one thing became painfully clear – this government’s policies and decisions are directly hurting Ontarians.
A deliberate choice has been made to cut health care and layoff nurses by the hundreds. As a result, all three parties heard stories about patients collapsing on their front steps after being discharged from care too early.
At the hearings, it’s worth noting that 30 times, violence was referred to, mostly in connection to health care and corrections workers.
At North Bay Regional Health Centre, this government has cut 350 frontline healthcare workers, including 100 nurses. One nurse was recently fired after the violence issue was addressed publicly. I addressed a rally in front of my office last week – and pledged to bring this issue to Queen’s Park.
I ask the government today, to expedite the review of her grievance.
The Premier, meanwhile, needs to realize many of these professionals subject to workplace violence are women – yet the cuts continue. This is happening TODAY in Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario, because the government can’t manage our finances and spends on self-interest.
These health care cuts must stop.
Video of Fedeli’s statement can be found online here: https://youtu.be/3SxreFGHpUc