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Frank Klees, MPP Oak Ridges ,

made the following statement in the Ontario Legislature today:

 

Ontario Hansard

December 14, 2004

York Central Hospital

Mr Frank Klees (Oak Ridges): I rise today to remind the Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance of their promise during the past election campaign to prioritize health care should they form a government. They were given that trust. They have now had the responsibility of governing for more than a year and the promise to prioritize health care rings hollow to my constituents in the community of Richmond Hill and York Region who rely on the York Central Hospital as the centre of health care for the region.

As the MPP representing much of the catchment area for the hospital, I had the privilege of confirming the Ministry of Health's commitment to fund the hospital's capital expansion program more than a year ago. I have reminded the Minister of Health on a number of occasions of that commitment, that the need continues to be more acute, and that the nurses, the doctors, the patients and the community at large are becoming increasingly distressed that this government continues to stall this project.

Today I call on the minister again, and this time implore him to respond to the call of the community, as evidenced by the petition I tabled in the Legislature yesterday which demands that the York Central Hospital project be funded without further delay. It cites the fact that the hospital has met 100% of the Ministry of Health's planning requirements, that the hospital's emergency department was originally built for 25,000 visits and now sees over 63,000 units. I call on this minister, on this government to fund this project.