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December 13, 2004

York Central Hospital

Mr Frank Klees (Oak Ridges): I have a petition addressed to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and it's concerning the support for the York Central Hospital. It reads as follows:

"There is an urgent need to update and expand the health care facilities at York Central Hospital; and

"Whereas the emergency department at York Central Hospital that was originally built for 25,000 visits now sees over 63,000 visits; and

"Whereas the population of York region has multiplied more than seven times since York Central Hospital was built, with no change to the hospital acute care infrastructure; and

"Whereas York Central Hospital has met 100% of the Ministry of Health's internal planning requirements and is ready immediately to go to tender; and

"Whereas, it is unconscionable to ask patients in York region to start from the beginning with a new government process;

"We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:

"That the government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, demonstrate its support of quality health care in York region by immediately announcing the approval of all phases of the major expansion and renovation of York Central Hospital."

I'm pleased to affix my personal signature to this petition.