Since the end of WW II, Midland hospitals have endured annual shortfalls. This time around Georgian Bay General Hospital is in the red to the tune of millions of dollars. If the hospital can’t come out from under a whopping debt, the board might want to declare bankruptcy.
In doing so, Queen’s Park and the current Liberal government will be made aware of our hospital’s status. Furthermore a private investment company might be willing to buy the hospital’s debt, turn things around and in due course produce a profit for its shareholders.
Asking town council to help bail out the hospital would seem useless based on requests for financial assistance from delegates who beat down council’s doors at most if not all council meetings.
Some will still remember when the municipally as a whole was terribly deep in debt and the Province assigned a monitor to get the town back on track.
Meeting high quality health needs is always a costly proposition…..dealing with rising costs to meet these is another matter. It is high time to take get Queen’s Park attention again….and if the Premier isn’t interest then we must turn to Simcoe North MPP Patrick Brown, leader of the Official Opposition to spear head efforts at Question Period and throughout the Legislature to get this issue sorted out once and for all so that staff and patients will never have to worry again about our hospital’s future.
With Brown’s many contacts in the province, in the nation and in both India and Pakistan, surely as our MPP is the right guy to carry the flag; as is MP Bruce Stanton, Simcoe North’s long-standing member in the House of Common.
Something has to be done here or we face a minimalist hospital with a revolving door for patient transfers unless you happen to check into the new mental health wing due to the stress of all this mess and wondering how things got so bad and little recourse until we choose a new government in a few years (or for the Liberal readers, renew it).