No end to the ER crisis without investments and addressing workers’ concerns

Wednesday, January 17th, 2024

We recently estimated that dealing with those pressures and bringing back the quality of care in our hospitals to an acceptable standard would require a $1.25 billion annual investment after offsetting costs of inflation. But so far, the Ford government is letting the hospitals deteriorate while it sits on $5.4 billion in contingency funding. If this government is serious about addressing the hospital crisis, it must commit to historic investments immediately.

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Doug Ford’s government is quietly privatizing health care

Wednesday, March 16th, 2022

Recently, Health Minister Christine Elliott announced the expansion of private hospitals in Ontario… “we can let independent health facilities operate private hospitals.”… [which] sounds a whole lot better than this: “We will award public funds to private, for-profit hospitals and clinics, knowing that these private facilities are associated with worse care, higher costs and more deaths.”

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Treat ailing elderly as patients not ‘bed blockers’

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Jan 07 2011
Successive governments in Ontario haven’t had the courage to take on the doctors or the drug companies or the private care corporations, which are driving up health-care spending. So most of the efficiencies have been made in the already efficient hospital sector, where a permanent revolution has been in effect for 20 years, with ongoing restructuring, downsizing and privatization… But the real problem is that too many hospital beds have been closed. There aren’t enough beds for all of the acutely ill people who need them.

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Kingston protesters stand up for their city’s prison farm

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Aug 17 2010
Kingston now has the prison farms fiasco — yet another example of the Conservatives’ unscrupulous behaviour. Indeed, the Tories have a talent for alienating just about everyone these days. Even small “c” conservatives have been condemning the costly, ill-advised prison farm closures… these prison farms reflect Canadian values. Paving over thousands of acres of prime farmland to erect costly, for-profit, U.S.-style super-prisons when government statistics show crime rates are down defies reason.

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