Coun. Andre Rivette
CORNWALL, Ontario - Cornwall Community Hospital leaders will not meet with city council, and at least one councillor is fuming.
Coun. Andre Rivette has crafted a motion that will be read, but not debated, at tonight's council meeting, concerning the consolidation of the pathology department at the hospital.
The decision to consolidate the department, in effect shutting it down and moving the services to Ottawa, will result in job loss and longer wait times for patients anxious to learn if they have cancer, critics charge.
In his notice of motion Rivette calls the hospital decision "unacceptable" and wants the municipality to seek legal advice on whether an injunction to stop the moving of pathology services to Ottawa can be obtained until hospital brass comes before council.
"All we're asking is to find out what's going on," said Rivette. "It's an insult to us."
Notices of motion can only be read out at council meetings, but are not debated until a subsequent date – usually the next council meeting, which in this case is May 26.
The city received a message from hospital board chair Michael Turcotte last week, which indicated the hospital's refusal to appear before council.
More to come.