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SUDBURY, ON – Universal health care supporters from Sudbury will be among those from other northern Ontario communities, heading to North Bay tomorrow for a national health care day of action rally and a special mail delivery to Conservative MP Jay Aspin’s North Bay.

March 31 is a national day of action to save public health care and similar rallies are happening at MPs’ offices across Canada. 

It’s been a year since the federal Conservative government killed the Health Accord with the provinces. Since then, under a new plan for federal health funding Ontario has seen a $319 million funding drop.

Under the new scheme Ontario will get $13.95 billion less for health services over the next ten years. That’s equal to 3,475 fewer hospital beds, or 23,253 fewer registered practical nurses (RPNs) every year for ten years.

With a public health care system that is already dangerously overstretched, the federal Conservative’s plan an estimated $36 billion in cuts over a ten year span. This will mean longer wait times and less care for patients.

Residents of Sudbury would see $165 million less in health funding. This is equal to a loss of 275 RPN staff, or 41 hospital beds or 259 long-term care beds every year for the next ten years.

Rally to save our health care system

Universal health care supporters, Council of Canadians, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)  

WHEN: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 12 noon -1 p.m.

WHEREJay Aspin’s office, 133 Main Street West, North Bay

Media are invited to attend.         

For more information please contact:

Stella Yeadon
CUPE Communications