Rally to Safeguard Public Health Care in Ontario

July 28, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

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A mass rally to protect 'public Health Care for people, and not for profit,' will be held at Queen's Park in Toronto on Tuesday, September 13 starting at 12 noon.

With the Ontario election scheduled for October 6, the rally and a march down hospital row in Toronto is an opportunity to get commitments from all political parties to safeguard health care services and improve access to care.

"In polls, health care ranks at the top of the public's agenda," states an Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) flyer. "Every political party will promise to fund and improve health care. But lip-service is not enough. Ontarians need clear commitments."

Three goals of the OHC organized rally include:

- Improved access to services in local communities. This includes restoring hospital beds and services to reduce ER backlogs, hospital-acquired infections and cancelled surgeries, protecting local hospitals and services from closure, addressing severe staffing shortages and improving access to primary health care;

- Comprehensive care for Ontario patients and seniors. This includes the clear right to access needed chronic, rehabilitative and long term care whether a patient is in a hospital, a long-term care home or home care;

- Equitable non-profit and public care. This includes improvements and new capacity built into non-profit agencies and institutions and an end to home care competitive bidding, user fees and for-profit health care privatization.

Several local health care coalitions in Ontario are arranging buses. CAW members are encouraged to contract their local coalition for further details. Information for local coalitions can be found at: www.web.net/ohc/localcoalitions.htm

Download the Rally poster here

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