When it comes to hospitals it's 'Hacksaw Kathleen': Ontario Health Coalition

Date: June 7, 2016 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News
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When it comes to hospitals it's 'Hacksaw Kathleen': Ontario Health Coalition

By Christina Blizzard, Queen's Park Columnist, Toronto Sun, Sunday Edition, May 29, 2016

Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal government are hacking and slashing hospital budgets in a way that’s more chaotic than Mike Harris ever was, says a coalition fighting to save hospital beds.

“Chainsaw Mike,” as Harris was dubbed, was “more honest and more transparent,” than Wynne, said Natalie Mehra of the Ontario Health Coalition.

If Harris was “Mike the Knife,” then Wynne is Hacksaw Kathleen — an out-of-control juggernaut clear cutting the hospital system.

“At this point, there’s no tracking of the health cuts by the health ministry,” Mehra told a Toronto Sun editorial board last week.

Worse, Mehra says there’s no planning behind the cuts and no attempt to restructure hospitals along population lines.

 The difference between this and the last two sets of hospital restructuring, both under the (Bob) Rae government and the Harris government, is that there’s no actual plan today,” she said. “Planning for hospital services is totally divorced from population need.”

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