For many years, Hamilton Urban Core has been serving marginalized and vulnerable populations living in poverty. Not only does it urgently need a new building but it also needs an equitable budget, one that is on equal footing with other health centres in the region.
Rather than deal with these issues, the newest proposal from the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) calls for a new building with reduced services, programs and providers. This only worsens the deep inequality for those who are most in need. It is wrong.
This petition calls for Minister of Health and Long-term Care Deb Matthews, to live up to her promise of “equity” by ensuring equitable funding for the Centre relative to other Community Health Centres in the LHIN, and throughout the province.
We are also asking that the Centre’s new building immediately be given the green light without the proposed cuts to services, programs and providers.
Time and again, research confirms that Hamilton Urban Core CHC delivers high quality care and, because of it, is also highly effective in keeping people out of the hospital.
The good news is that in the last provincial budget Minister Matthews announced a significant increase for community care services. It is time for the LHIN to allocate this increase in an equitable way and to where it is needed most.
Please join our efforts by calling on the Province and the LHIN to do the right thing.
Sign our on-line petition below and pass it on.
In addition to the names on this petition we have 1,824 signed Committed to the Core postcards and 213 local community signatures.
The following organizations also #Stand4theCore:
Access and Equity Office City of Hamilton
African Canadian Network
Association des Tchadiens de'l Ontario
Bangladesh Association of Hamilton
Cancer Assistance Program
Club Novo Ecijanos
Collective Letter of Support from Community Organizations (70 organizations)
Community Members Signatures and Individual Letters of Support (213 names)
FC Bohemians Hamilton
First Place Resident President
Immigrant Women's Centre
Interval House of Hamilton
Iraqi Canadian Association of Hamilton
Korea Veterans Association of Canada Unit 26
McMaster Campus for Christ
McMaster Muslim Student Association
Hamilton Seniors Group
Smith Health Centre
St. Joseph's Health Systems
St. Matthew's House
Students supporting Brain Tumor Research
United Roma Coalition
Wayne Marston NDP
Wesley Urban Ministries
Zonta Club of Hamilton II
*Please see the online petition for a list of organizations that have added their names to endorse the petition.