HEALTH PROFESSIONALS SOUND ALARM OVER PROVINCIAL FUNDING CUTS

May 13, 2019

By Christine Ross

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Saying they’re outraged, a group of health care professionals have united demanding the provincial government scrap plans to cut funding to Toronto Public Health. Among them is health care consultant Dr. David Mowat who says investing in public health not only makes sense, but saves money long term. Emergency room physician Doctor Raghu Venugopal calls the cuts short sighted and says they’ll put more strain on an already ‘limping’ emergency room system. He says say it’s not alarmist to say Torontonians will die as a result of the funding cuts. Public health board chair Joe Cressy convened the group of nurses, doctors and medical students to speak out against the cuts. They join a growing number including the Mayor, in demanding the province stop the cuts.The city claims it amounts to $1 billion less in provincial funding over the next decade. The province disputes the city’s figures.

Meantime, the province has also announced it’s cutting 46 million dollars this year from the provincial police budget. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones says the OPP will be able to manage any challenges within this new budget, that targets cuts in field and traffic services. A ministry spokeswoman says the funding reduction also relates to Streamlining corporate offices and says NO police officers will lose their jobs.

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