The MPP for Nipissing says hospitals in the north can’t take any more cuts. Vic Fedeli says the Wynne Liberals have cut so many healthcare workers over the years that they`ve created a danger zone for hospitals. “You just don`t have enough people to take care of patient requirements,”` Fedeli said. “We want to see the patient come first.” Fedeli says several weeks ago when he and Patrick Brown toured Northeastern Ontario, many hospital administrators told them of their funding freezes. It’s an issue the Tory MPP knows all too well having seen 350 frontline hospital workers fired in his riding over time. “We’re at the point that we don’t have the same level of healthcare in the north that’s available in Southern Ontario,” he said.
However, Fedeli adds the Liberals have a chance to correct this deficiency with this Thursday’s budget. He’s hopeful that they’re listening to northern cries but he doesn’t know what to expect. As an example, he says in last year’s budget the Liberals “boasted” about adding $350-million to healthcare. “But then you go a few more pages into the budget and you learn that they also removed $107-million from OLG (funds) that went to health,” he said. He says that means the $350-million addition was actually $243-million. Fedeli says enough is enough and stresses the Liberals need to address the health question shortfalls this week.