January 15th, 2016

Statement from Catherine Fife, MPP Kitchener-Waterloo, regarding letter from Minister of Health on cuts at Grand River Hospital

The Liberal government has been forced to admit that they have not been adequately funding Grand River Hospital to meet the needs of families in Waterloo Region. 

Yesterday’s letter [attached] from Minister Hoskins says he’s making “methodological refinements” to our hospital’s funding. Everyone knows that’s just double-speak for 'I’ve made a huge mistake.' 

Families across Waterloo Region found out this week that the Liberals have created a $10 million budget shortfall for Grand River Hospital, forcing the elimination of 68 positions. That’s in addition to the at least 770 registered nursing positions that have been cut across Ontario in the last year, as a direct result of the Liberals' four-year freeze on hospital funding. 

Cutting frontline care hurts patients. The Liberals need to stop cutting the health care that families need.