7/28/11

Libs campaigning on new hospitals - as hospitals cut beds

It has become apparent that the Ontario Liberals are campaigning for the upcoming election by  announcing new hospitals (typically public private partnership hospitals) and renovations of other hospitals.  Announcements have been made and more will come.


The weak point in this argument is that since the Liberals were elected in 2003 there has been a loss of 836  hospital beds,  moving from 31,646 in 2003 down to 30,810 in 2010.


Most of these cuts came  in 2010, when the Liberals reduced hospital funding increases. After the election, they are promising even sharper reductions in funding increases.


And there is no promise to stop the hospital bed cuts.  


But even now, hospital bed occupancy has moved up to 97.9%.



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