Hospitals such as the Timmins and District Hospital are being short-changed regarding funding.
That’s according to Timmins-James Bay MPP Gilles Bisson, who says Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne has cheated medium-sized hospitals across Ontario, including TADH who is staring down a $5 million deficit next year.
Bisson says the Liberals promise of a 4.6 per cent funding increase prior to the provincial budget had hospitals like TADH expecting more.
He says the 0.9 per cent funding increase they instead received was significantly below what was previously promised.
Bisson says hospitals like TADH have already done everything possible to save funds.
Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Helena Jaczek says the expected 4.6 per cent increase in funding was an average, and the smaller hospitals within the province were unfortunately going to receive less than those in larger cities.
Bisson says in the end it is a question of shifting the dollars around to make sure the money is evenly distributed so they can provide the best service possible.