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8,000 rally in Grimsby, but new mega-hospital instead proposed to replace four Niagara sites

In Grimsby they must be shaking their heads. They may not be the only ones.

On Wednesday 8,000 residents came out in the rain to try to save the $138 million project to build a new West Lincoln Memorial Hospital. The hospital was among six projects that were either cut or scaled back in the spring budget.

The day after the massive community rally, Kevin Smith, the province’s appointed supervisor for the Niagara Health System, says the province should close four South Niagara hospitals and replace them with a single regional facility. He is also proposing to close the hospital at Niagara-on-the-Lake, taking the NHS down to just two hospital sites and a stand-alone urgent care centre. The proposed new hospital would replace facilities in Welland, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne and Fort Erie.

This is on top of the new $759 million privatized facility intended to consolidate NHS services in St. Catharines. The P3 hospital is expected to open in 2013.

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Why is the OHA not standing up for hospitals?

You have to wonder about the Ontario Hospital Association and its publicly stated views of the Drummond Commission report.

Upon the release of the report, the OHA publicly welcomed it despite what the Dean of Queen’s University’s Faculty of Medicine refers to as the report’s “anti-hospital sentiment.”

“Overall, the OHA and its member hospitals welcome the perspective that Mr. Drummond brings to the broader public sector and intend to review the report and its recommendations carefully,” the OHA stated in a February 15 release.

That was the last OHA release, on Drummond or anything else.

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