Mr. Speaker, in my riding of Durham, Lakeridge Health is a multi-site organization with four hospitals facing critical challenges that began when its funding no longer met its needs as a consequence of the government's $25 billion cut in health care spending.
Programs delivered at the smaller rural hospital in Port Perry to serve Scugog Township are now under threat.
The government has promised a health care fix for a generation. The government seems to think that wait times is the only crisis facing our health care system. In the meantime, the special needs of multi-site and rural hospitals such as Port Perry are being challenged.
It is critical to meet this special need and not forget rural Canada and the health care funding crisis it faces.
I ask the government to address this funding issue with recognition that we may lose the most basic of health care services in our rural small towns and communities.