3/12/11

An empty Conservative health care promise?

Ontario Progressive Conservative health critic Christine Elliott says a "We intend to maintain health care funding"  and would put savings from the closure of LHINs into front line care.  


Responding directly to a charge by Liberal M.P.P. Lou Rinaldi that a local family health team and community health centre might be shut under a Conservative government, she said there would "absolutely not" be any family health team or community health centre closures. She added that a Conservative health care policy package will be unveiled soon, but refused to divulge any elements of it at this time.


This is less than it appears. With a growing and aging population, rising drug costs, and inflation, no one is seriously contemplating cutting health care funding.  So promising not to cut funding doesn't mean very much.  


And there was no word from Elliot on hospitals. The last Conservative government cut hospital funding (and shut hospitals).  


dallan@cupe.ca

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