Saturday, September 26, 2020

Town-hall meeting set to discuss Wallaceburg’s hospital

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A newly formed group is holding a town-hall-style meeting tonight (April 7) to discuss the future of Wallaceburg’s hospital.

The Wallaceburg-Walpole Island First Nation Health Coalition is inviting the public to the UAW Hall in Wallaceburg for the meeting at 6 p.m.

“The goal is to provide insight to the public and to help educate the public about how health care services in our province works and what has been going on,” said Shirley Roebuck, the founder of the group.

“For instance, Wallaceburg is only one community that is facing severe cuts. Hospitals are being gutted and closed all over the province in the name of progress. We have to understand the problem before we can go out and fix it. Our goal is also to find and sign people up to be part of our coalition, to help us spread the word even further. We’re going to take our fight to Queen’s Park.”

Roebuck told the Sydenham Current last month she felt it was necessary for Wallaceburg and Walpole Island to have a separate group, read the full story here: New hospital advocacy group holding town-hall meeting

With the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance facing a $1.8 million shortfall, Colin Patey, the President and CEO of the Health Alliance, told a crowd in Wallaceburg on March 23 that “everything has to be on the table” when looking at making up that deficit.

The Sydenham District Hospital board is also set to gather again this month. The meeting will be held on April 19, at the UAW Hall starting at 5 p.m.

Watch for coverage following the Thursday night meeting in Wallaceburg.

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