Local group pens letter to health minister

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From left are organizers of a health-care meeting in Cornwall, Josh Welsh and Mark MacDonald.

A local group that wants to keep as many long-term care beds in the city as possible has penned a letter to Queen's Park.

The letter, signed by Mark MacDonald and Josh Welsh, a pair of community activists, asks that Health Minister Deb Matthews stop the sale of the former Cornwall General Hospital site, so that it can be developed into a long-term care facility.

The duo conevened a meeting last week of concerned citizens who are looking to accomplish the same goal.

The text of the letter is pasted below.

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Honourable Deb Matthews

Minister of Health and Long Term Care

10th Floor, Hepburn Block

900 Bay Street

Toronto ON M7A 1N3 Canada

RE: SALE OF THE CORNWALL GENERAL HOSPITAL

Greetings:

Communication from the Board of Administration of the Cornwall Community Hospital states that the Minister of Health has to approve the sale of the building formerly known as the Cornwall General Hospital.  Recently at a special public meeting of concerned citizens, the following statement received unanimous consent—

“Inform the Minister that we wish for the former Cornwall General Hospital to be used for the common good of our citizens, with the focus on long term care beds and other health related services that affect seniors and those in need of special care.  If need be, we would form a non-profit group and make a proposal to see that this happens.

Further, we are asking that you NOT grant approval of the sale and allow us the time needed to make such a proposal.”

Organizations: GENERAL HOSPITAL, Queen's, Board of Administration of the Cornwall Community Hospital

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