Hudak Health Cuts on the Horizon

TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2011 /CNW/ -Tim Hudak's PCs will have to cut health care in order to make up for the $14 billion in unfunded promises and tax cuts in their election platform.

"We've seen these guys before, and the first place they cut is health care," said Deb Matthews, Ontario Liberal candidate for London North-Centre.  "They did it before and they'll do it again."

Tim Hudak was there when Mike Harris vowed not to cut health care.  But together, they didn't just cut - they took out an axe.

  • 28 hospitals closed
  • Thousands of nurses fired
  • Pregnant women sent to Buffalo to give birth because there were no beds in Ontario
  • Emergency Rooms sending ambulances further away because they couldn't handle more patients
  • Cancelled monitoring ER Redirect hours because they didn't want the public to know just how bad it was
  • Capped home care hours and fired local health care champions who stood in the way
  • Stopped inspecting long term care homes
  • Removed standard for at least one bath per week for residents of long term care homes
  • Left over 1 million Ontarians without a family doctor
  • Ushered in private, for profit clinics to fill the void for MRIs and CT scans
  • Refused to screen babies for more than 2 diseases at birth

"One of the reasons I ran for office was to stop Tim Hudak and his friends from cutting the health care my family and neighbours depend on.  The PCs will take us backwards with health cuts.  Only Ontario Liberals have a serious plan to strengthen health care for all of us," said Matthews.

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party: Ontario Election 2011

For further information:

Ontario Liberal Media Office
416-961-3800 x 328

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