OCHU leaders are touring Ontario over the next few weeks, meeting with locals to plan a campaign to press the McGuinty government to live up to its hospital funding commitments.
“Freezing hospital funding would kill 9000 Ontario health care jobs, 5000 of them through lay-off, degrading patient care across the province in a system where half of Ontario hospitals are already facing deficits,” said OCHU president Michael Hurley.
Hurley noted that even if the province keeps its promise of a 2.1 per cent funding increase, there will still be deep cuts because the rate of inflation for hospitals is 3.5 per cent.
With a 2.1 per cent funding increase, Ontario hospitals would leave up to 4000 positions unfilled and up to 1000 hospital employees would be laid off.
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