Media Advisory - John Tory's private clinics will worsen staffing shortages in Huron-Perth health care alliance

    Trojan horse of health care privatization follows John Tory to Stratford

    TORONTO, Sept. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - PC leader John Tory's reckless promotion
of private clinics will only worsen staffing shortages throughout the 4
hospitals of the Huron-Perth Health Care Alliance, says Natalie Mehra of the
Ontario Health Coalition (OHC).
    "Like many small and rural communities, the Stratford area's 4 hospitals
will suffer greater staffing stress if John Tory gets his way and moves public
health services to private clinics," Mehra said. "There's already a chronic
shortage of registered nurses and registered practical nurses in Huron-Perth,
and Tory's private clinic plan would just make that worse."
    To warn people of the danger of Tory's reckless health care plans, the
OHC will bring its Trojan horse to a Conservative party event tonight in

    WHAT:    Trojan horse warning against John Tory's private health care
    WHERE:   Arden Park Hotel, 552 Ontario Street, Stratford
    WHEN:    Today, Friday, Sept. 21, 7:00 PM

    "The reality is if you move doctors and nurses into for-profit clinics,
we are left with worse shortages in our local non-profit hospitals," Mehra
said. "The private clinics tend to locate in urban centres where there are
higher numbers of wealthy "customers" making shortages in small towns more
severe. Tory's private care plan benefits a well-heeled profit seeking lobby
group at the expense of small town hospitals across the province."
    "And don't be fooled by the idea that the public system would cover the
costs of using private clinics," Mehra said. "This just means taxpayers money
will go to profits. Tory is out of synch with the values of Ontarians who
believe that taking profit from sick and elderly patients is just wrong."

    The OHC is the broadest public interest group on health care in Ontario.
Its network is strengthened by over 400 grassroots community organizations,
including over 50 local health coalitions in communities across the province.

For further information:

For further information: Natalie Mehra, Director, Ontario Health
Coalition, (416) 230-6402; Louis Rodrigues, Health care worker & horse
operator, (613) 531-1319

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