TORONTO, June 17 /CNW/ -
What: Putting Patients at Risk: presenting the findings of interviews
with 50 Ontario paramedics on the consequences of closing local
hospital emergency departments
Port Colborne General Hospital's emergency room is slated to be
closed on July 5th. If the provincial government and Niagara
Health System succeed in closing Port Colborne's ER, it will be
the first small and rural hospital ER closure in more than a
decade. In other communities, plans to close local ERs have been
put on hold. The Ontario Health Coalition releases the findings of
a new report, based on interviews with 50 paramedics across
Ontario, painting a picture of what emergency room closures would
mean for patient care in Port Colborne and communities across the
- What do paramedics think of the Ontario government's plan to
close small and rural hospital emergency rooms?
- Can paramedics really replace hospital emergency rooms?
- What are the implications for patients and customers of
When: Wednesday, June 17th, 2009, 7-9pm
Where: Guild Hall (beside City Hall), 72 Charlotte Street, Port Colborne
Who: Bob Saracino, regional councillor.
Natalie Mehra, director of the Ontario Health Coalition.
Pat Scholfield, People's Health Care Coalition
Sue Hotte, Niagara Health Coalition
And other speakers.
For further information:
For further information: please contact Natalie Mehra at (416) 230-6402