Nearly Closed By PCs, Women's College Hospital Is Growing Stronger Today
TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Under the Harris-Hudak PCs, Women's College Hospital was nearly forced
to close its doors. Today, the hospital is thriving thanks to Ontario
Liberals, Premier Dalton McGuinty said today.
"In 2003, the PCs wanted to close this hospital. Now, in 2011, Women's
College Hospital is set to help more patients than ever before," said
McGuinty. "What we're building here, together, is more than just a new
hospital. It's a reflection of our priorities and shared values. And
it's more proof that the choices we've made, as Ontario Liberals, are
far different from the ones our opponents would make."
Premier McGuinty met volunteers and workers on the rooftop of Women's
College Hospital to thank them for fighting for women's health today,
and for fighting eight years ago to keep the hospital from closing.
Since 2003 the McGuinty Liberal government has worked with Friends of
Women's College to improve services, and now the hospital is being
The construction of the new hospital began in 2010 and it will replace
existing, outdated buildings, so that Women's College can see 70 per
cent more patients, addressing the diseases and conditions that affect
women most. During construction, the project will also support 300
"Premier McGuinty and his government have been with us all the way as
Women's College Hospital became Ontario's first and only independent,
academic ambulatory hospital," said Marilyn Emery, President and CEO of
Women's College Hospital.
"With Dalton's strong leadership and caring, compassionate support we
are now building the hospital of the future, so we can continue to
advance the health of women and improve health care options for all
Across the province, Ontario Liberals are working hard to rebuild
Ontario's infrastructure — building 18 hospitals, 400 schools, 5,500
kilometres of new road and transit and new, clean-energy electricity,
creating hundreds of thousands of jobs.
The last PC government closed 28 hospitals and ignored the calls of
experts and the community to protect the unique perspective on women's
health that Women's College Hospital provides. The Hudak PCs have a $14
billion hole in their platform — that means deep cuts that will put our
economy, education and health care at risk.
The Horwath NDP would introduce a crushing $9 billion in job-killing
taxes. Both would take Ontario off track.
"Only Ontario Liberals have a plan to rebuild our schools and hospitals
and keep Ontario moving forward, together," said McGuinty.
SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party
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