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Kingston Day Of Action
June 8th, 1998

Health Care Rally - Our Health is Not For Sale


MEDIA ADVISORY
Kingston Day of Action

Release: Immediate, May 29, 1998
Contact: Natalie Mehra (613) 536-5395

Health Care Rally - Our Health is Not For Sale
7:00 P.M. Monday June 1, 1998
Hotel Dieu Hospital - Sydenham St. Doors

Speakers:

Sid Ryan		CUPE Ontario Division President
Dinah Cotter Disabled Women United for Change
Ron Shore Street Health Centre
Catherine Green Health Policy Analyst
Warren (Smokey)Thomas Regional V-P, OPSEU
Michael Hurley Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (CUPE)
Sheila Fansome Ontario Nurses Association
Corrine Kellar Kingston & District Health Care Coalition
Len Hupit Vice-President, OPSEU
Marlene Ricks Health Care Worker
Louis Rodrigues President, Cupe 1974, Kingston General Hospital

"Mike Harris's cuts to health care in Ontario are demolishing the best health care system in the world and the closures and user fees will affect those who are most vulnerable" says Natalie Mehra, co-chair of the Kingston Community Day of Action. Corporate privatization of health care will lead to American-style systems where many suffer and money helps heal.

"No longer will we be able to access the level of services our community needs" said Charlie Stock, Labour Co-chair, "With closures and cutbacks such as at St Mary's of the Lake and Hotel Dieu hospitals in Kingston, waiting in line for hours will be the norm."

In Kingston two hospitals are slated to close, psychiatric beds will be cut from 220 to 46; Chrildrens mental health services have been cut, chronic care beds have been cut from 201 to 92, and 161 acute care beds will be cut all adding up to an impact the community cannot handle.

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The Kingston Community Day of Action, June 8th, 1998

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