Ontario Health Coalition news conference livestream on health care privatization: August 16

Update: The date has been changed to August 16th.

The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) is inviting media to a news conference sounding the alarm on the Ford government’s plans to privatize health care in Ontario. All OHC members and supporters are invited to join the Facebook livestream at 10:30 a.m. on the OHC Facebook page.

OPSEU/SEFPO is a constituent organization of the Ontario Health Coalition.

Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/ontariohealth

Message from the Ontario Health Coalition:

The Ontario Health Coalition is at its highest level of alert as a result of the Ford government’s statements about their plans to privatize public health care services this week, warning that the government’s statements reveal they are having backroom discussions regarding health care privatization, including specifically privatization of Ontario’s public hospital services.

Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, called the Ford government’s statements, “both outrageous and foolhardy”. She demanded full disclosure of the corporations with which the Ford government has been meeting regarding plans to privatize health care, and she called on Ford to reveal a complete list of health care services under threat of privatization. She warned that the Ford government has no mandate for hospital privatization whatsoever, particularly given their outright denials of these plans in response to the Coalition’s warnings in the pre-election period.

“The Ford government stated “options” are actively “under consideration”, indicating that there have been backroom discussions regarding restructuring and privatizing Ontario’s public and non-profit health care services. This is unacceptable. Without exaggeration, these are life and death issues for every single Ontarian,” noted Ms. Mehra.