Ontario Health Coalition - Media Advisory

    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
              ambulance services?

    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

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