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Nurses Rally For Healthcare Changes

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

Ontario Nurses Association members rallied in Kincardine for provincial health improvements.

Photo By John Divinski 

Enough is enough!

That's the message members of the Grey Bruce Labour Council, along with the Ontario Nurses Association are sending to the Doug Ford provincial government when it comes to health care.

About a dozen people showed at the constituency office of Huron Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson in Kincardine, carrying banners and handing out pamphlets to people walking by.

The Vice President of Region 5, Ontario Nurses Association Karen Bertrand wants Premier Ford to end what she calls "hallway medicine," by opening more hospital beds and restoring services that have been cut.

Bertrand says any hospital conducting hallway medicine is over capacity and needs help.

However, she is concerned that Ford continues to look at cutting funding to health care and is looking at the private sector to provide services.

She says since the provincial election, Premier Ford has surrounded himself with advisors who have a history of cutting services, closing and privatizing hospitals and cutting staff.

Bertrand says she needed to be part of the information picket line as part of the Labour Council's Activist Day.

Bertrand represents some 12,000 nurses in the counties of Bruce, Grey, Huron, Perth, Oxford, Middlesex, Lambton, Elgin, Kent and Essex.

Meanwhile, Labour Council President Kevin Smith says the information picket is a warm-up to Tuesday's Ontario Health Coalition Healthcare rally to be held at Queen's Park.  

Smith says the message on Tuesday, will be the same as the one shared at Thompson's constituency office.

He says Ford needs to stop the health care cuts and end hallway medicine before it's too late.

Lisa Thompson was not in her office during the information picket however the office was open with employees on site.

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