MPPs Fight for Chesley

Queen’s Park- Yesterday, local MPPs for Huron-Bruce Lisa Thompson and Bruce Grey Owen Sound Bill Walker stood in the legislature to ask the Health Minister to ensure funding for the Chesley Restorative Care Unit, a program that costs $800,000 a year.”This program helps so many in our community and directly falls in line with the Ministry’s mandate to keep patients at home for as long as possible. It is shameful that they won’t commit the funding necessary to ensure it stays open”, said Thompson.”This government can find billions of dollars for boondoggles, but they can’t find money to fund health care in our ridings. To us, this is unacceptable,” said Walker.

Constituents found out last fall they were losing their funding for the Chesley RCU. After raising the issue at Queen’s Park, MPPs Thompson and Walker lobbied actively to keep this critical service going. RCU has provided care to 300 patients, mostly senior citizens.
“We’ve had months of uncertainty and remain unsatisfied with the government’s decision to forgo this critical service,” Thompson said. “Our priority continues to be that access to frontline services is not interrupted. It’s regrettable that this government doesn’t see eye-to-eye with us when it comes to health care services.”

Walker also recently pursued Health Minister Eric Hoskins over his decision to cut $54 million from health care at a time when local hospitals face budgetary restraints and cuts to services. Base operating funding for Ontario’s 150 hospitals continue to be frozen for the fourth consecutive year.

“The minister has the ability to find the money and make the RCU a reality, just as they found money to bail out Liberal messes like SAMS,” Walker said. “This is really his issue, not the local hospital board volunteers or administration. We expect he will show leadership and make the health of people his priority.”


Contact: Victoria Stevenson | 647-522-8700|

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