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Therapy services in London lost amidst costly Liberal scandals: NDP

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May 13, 2013

QUEEN’S PARK – Today in the legislature, London-Fanshawe MPP Teresa Armstrong asked Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Deb Matthews to explain to distressed Londoners why the government is cutting vital therapy services while wasting billons on costly scandals.

“Just over a week ago in London, New Democrat leader Andrea Horwath and I met with a group of distraught Londoners who are the victims of yet another damaging cut to healthcare,” said Armstrong. “Despite all the talk about ‘healthcare transformation,’ this Liberal government’s cuts to healthcare has led to the closure of St. Joseph’s hydrotherapy pool, a unique and vital therapy service for patients.” 

About 400 people regularly use the specialized hydrotherapy pool. Users visit the pool to help recover from knee, hip and shoulder surgery, as well as find relief for arthritis, fibromyalgia and osteoporosis symptoms.

“Will the Minister please explain how she can encourage people to be active, then cut this hydrotherapy program with no regard for the consequences?” asked Armstrong.

With patients in London and across Ontario calling for greater accountability in our system, Armstrong called on Matthews to support Horwath’s call for Ombudsman oversight over healthcare in the province. 

“Will the Minister please explain to Londoners why her government can recklessly spend billions of dollars on scandals at e-Health, ornge and the Mississauga and Oakville gas-plants, but can’t afford to keep St. Joseph’s hydrotherapy pool open?” asked Armstrong.