Media Advisory - Key decision makers requested to answer public questions on Brampton's hospital crises: Town Hall meeting called by Health Coalition

    What:   Town Hall meeting with residents of Brampton and key decision
            makers on community hospitals
    Where:  Jim Archdekin Recreation Centre, 292 Conestoga Drive, Brampton
    When:   Saturday, October 27th, 2007, 1:30-4:00pm

    BRAMPTON, ON, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - An open letter requesting key decision
makers to attend a Brampton Town Hall meeting on Brampton's hospital crisis
has been issued to elected officials and hospital administrators. The
following people have been invited to answer questions from the community: Vic
Dhillon, MPP, Brampton West - Mississauga; Linda Jeffrey, MPP, Brampton-
Springdale; Kuldip Kular, MPP, Bramalea - Gore - Malton; Amrit Mangat, MPP,
Mississauga - Brampton South; Susan Fennell, Mayor, City of Brampton; Bob
Richards, CEO, William Osler Health Centre; Joe McReynolds, Chair, Central
West LHINS; Mimi Lowi-Young, CEO, Central West LHINS.

    The letter sent this week stated:

    "I am writing to request that you attend a Town Hall meeting with the
residents of Brampton regarding the plans for our community hospitals. The
meeting will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2007 from 1:30 - 4 pm at the Jim
Archdekin Recreation Centre, 292 Conestoga Drive, Brampton. It will provide a
much-needed opportunity for the community to ask questions about the new
hospital and the plans for the Peel Memorial site. Cordially,

    Gogi Bhandal, Canadian Labour Congress, Brampton- Mississauga; Annamarie
Bohus, Community Activist; W.C. Courneyea, Brampton Mississauga District
Labour Council; Raj Dhaliwal, Canadian Auto Workers Union, Human Rights; Dr.
Sanjeev Goel; Raj Jhajj; Dora Jeffries, Brampton Health Coalition; Gary
Markle; Natalie Mehra, Director, Ontario Health Coalition; Jogunder Singh
Sandhu; Hewa Singh Sandhu; Jagtar Shergill, Brampton Health Coalition;
Narinder Paul Singh; Sukhdev Singh; Santosh Tangri; CanIndia News; Neelam Vir,
Daily South Asian Free Press, - Representing a town hall meeting of residents
from Brampton that was held on Saturday, September 29, 2007."

    The closing of the Peel Memorial Hospital and the extremely high cost
over-runs of the privatized P3 hospital in Brampton were the major campaign
issue in the last Ontario election for Brampton voters. During the final week
of the election campaign, Health Minister George Smitherman travelled to
Brampton with all four liberal MPPs in an attempt to address the issues. Now
the brand-new civic (P3) hospital is facing nursing layoffs and service cuts.
The number of beds is inadequate and Peel Memorial Hospital is slated to close
next week and will not re-open until 2009 and will not re-open as a
full-service hospital. There are deep concerns in the Brampton community that
there will not be enough hospital services.

For further information:

For further information: For comment: Ontario Health Coalition, Dora
Jefferies, (416) 889-4603; Brampton Health Coalition, Jagtar Shergill, (416)

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