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Press Releases 2004

  November 3, 2004, TORONTO 

For Immediate Release

KLEES PRESSES HEALTH MINISTER FOR YORK CENTRAL FUNDING

Frank Klees, MPP for Oak Ridges took the opportunity during the Legislature's Question Period to challenge the Minister of Health to fund the York Central Hospital's Redevelopment Project approved by the previous government.

Klees pointed out that there is a desperate need to have this project funded, noting that in the past year over a thousand patients had to walk away from the hospital's emergency ward without being treated and that ambulances are re-directed 50% of the time.

"Nurses and doctors and patients alike are frustrated, and you continue to play political football with this issue. Will you or will you not consider this a priority and give us a commitment that you will fund this project?" demanded Klees during debate in the Legislature.

Smitherman refused to give a funding commitment and also did not deny that the reason for the delay is that the ministry is considering a new hospital for Vaughan.

"I would hate to think that this important project is being held up by a competing proposal for a Vaughan Hospital," said Klees. "There is far too much at stake for anyone to be playing those games. The need at York Central is clearly established, and the community has already raised more than $30 million on the strength of the project's approval. I will continue to press this issue with the government, and would hope that Minister Sorbara would support us".

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