Closing TEGH's physiotherapy clinic will hit patients hard

TORONTO, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - Service Employees International Union Local 1 Canada will be meeting with Beaches-East York MPP Michael Prue on January 22 about how Toronto East General Hospital's (TEGH) recent decision to close its physiotherapy outpatient clinic will have a dramatic impact on patients relying on their vital medical services. Thousands of patients every year use TEGH's physiotherapy clinic.

"Where will they go after the clinic closes down?" asked Marty Parker, SEIU's hospital sector lead. "It's important for TEGH to look after the most vulnerable members in our community. Many don't have the money to pay for a private physiotherapist."

Closing the physiotherapy clinic will also create increased strain on Toronto-area hospitals. Patients will be forced to travel to other Toronto physiotherapy clinics for treatment. That means longer waiting lists for physiotherapy treatments throughout the city. This closure also contradicts Premier Dalton McGuinty's promise to reduce waiting times in hospitals.

SEIU will meet with Michael Prue at 2:00 pm at his constituency office on 1821 Danforth Ave. in Toronto.

SEIU represents 46,000 members working in hospitals, nursing and retirement homes, home care and community services throughout Ontario.

SOURCE SEIU Healthcare

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