Harris Tory health cuts legacy tour - what would they cut in Kingston?

    KINGSTON, ON, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - John Tory today is going on a legacy tour of
Harris Tory party cuts to health care, while promising more cuts to come with
his scheme to rip $3 billion out of public health care, Health Minister George
Smitherman said today.
    "It is reckless to cut $3 billion out of health care at a time when our
population is aging and Ontario families are fighting increasing rates of
cancer," said Smitherman. "It is a sign of weak judgment that John Tory would
want to make cuts to funding and pretend he wouldn't have to cut services."
    John Gerretsen (Liberal - Kingston and the Islands) said families in
Kingston remember the cuts and the damage inflicted the last time the Harris
Tory party was in office.
    "We have families without doctors today because instead of investing in
medical schools, they were cutting hospital funding. Instead of training more
nurses, they were firing 6,200 of them," said Gerretsen.

    Ontario Liberals have delivered health care results for Kingston

    -   3 Family Health Teams with more than 50 doctors are seeing over
        55,000 patients, including 8,700 who didn't have a doctor before
    -   Upgraded MRI machine that performs about 400 more scans per year
    -   Reduced cancer surgery wait by 13%
    -   Reduced angiography wait by 37 days, or 62% - the fourth best wait
        time reduction in Ontario
    -   Reduced angioplasty wait by 15 days, or 77% - now the second shortest
        wait time in Ontario
    -   Investing in major construction projects at Kingston General and
        Hotel Dieu hospital sites
    -   Building 160 new long-term care beds, with construction to begin in
    -   Increased hospital funding by 32%, or $207 million

    "The Harris Tory party decimated Kingston health care when they cut more
than $20 million out of our hospitals. Now they want to cut another $3 billion
out of health care. Kingston families have seen that movie before, and don't
want to go back," said Gerretsen.

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