John Tory health schemes like discredited relics from the past

    Retro ideas belong in an antique market: Smitherman

    TORONTO, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - John Tory's questionable scheme of tearing $3
billion out of health care and turning to private for-profit corporations is
so retro it's antique, Deputy Premier George Smitherman said today.
    "John Tory has snatched a relic from the tomb of failed Conservative
policies," said Smitherman. "Private, for-profit health care is a discredited
idea that is so old, it's antique. Pretending you can take money out of health
care, when our population is aging, and still increase services, is an idea
that belongs in the boneyard of failed conservative ideas."
    Appearing at the St. Lawrence Antique Market, Smitherman said John Tory
is following the rich Conservative history of promising tax cuts at the
expense of health care, while pretending there will be no consequences.
    "We've seen this ancient relic before. It means nurses fired by the
thousands, hospitals closed by the dozens, and families without doctors in the
millions," said Smitherman. "Tory's discredited ideas should be relegated to
where they came from - the past."
    The last time Conservatives cut health care, they said nurses had gone
the way of the hula hoop before firing thousands of them. By the end of this
year, the McGuinty Liberals will have hired 8,000 new nurses.

    The McGuinty Liberal plan to keep moving forward in health care includes:
    -  Hiring 9,000 more nurses and offering a new nursing job guarantee to
       new nursing graduates
    -  Expanding wait times agenda to tackle children's surgery, general
       surgery and emergency room wait times
    -  Helping 500,000 more Ontarians find access to a family doctor
    -  Expand our screening and vaccination programs to include the HPV
       vaccine and improve breast, cervical, colorectal screening and the PSA
       test to detect prostate cancer
    -  Support seniors who want to stay in their own homes with more
       services, and build 35,000 long-term care beds

    "Conservatives always choose to put the private interest ahead of public
interest," said Smitherman. "With cancer rates rising and an aging population,
it's the wrong time to take $3 billion out of health care. The Conservative
health care platform belongs in an antique market. It's stuck in an ideology
of the past."

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