I am very disappointed that the Cornwall Community Hospital has been forced to close 18 beds and lay off 30 employees because of inadequate funding from the provincial government. These cuts will certainly hurt the quality of health care in Cornwall and area.
With an aging and growing population, the provincial government should be investing more in health care instead of giving away $2 billion a year in tax cuts to the big, profitable corporations. Ontario spends 13% less per capita on its hospitals than other provinces for an annual savings of $2.5 billion.
Forty percent of Ontario’s hospitals, including the Cornwall Community Hospital, have been in a deficit position forced to cut services, reduce the number of surgeries, close beds, and cut staff in order to balance their budget.
It is time for the McGuinty Government to put the health care needs of people first, provide the necessary funding, and cancel the $2 billion a year corporate tax cuts.