MPP Jim McDonell Meets with Second Street Site Patients

January 18, 2013

CORNWALL – Residents of the Second Street Rehabilitation Centre, located at the Cornwall General Hospital, are concerned about the prospect of the sale of the site and requested a meeting with Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell earlier this morning.

MPP McDonell commented: “I want to hear all the perspectives on the matter and this meeting was an important step in gaining a better understanding of the underlying issues. Most of the residents I talked to had waited some time before being placed at the Second Street site and they are worried about another move and the availability of another long term bed.  They were very satisfied with the care they were receiving and would gladly stay where they are, but were getting worried about losing what they have when the 32 beds are lost. One lady told us that she had been waiting over 2 years to be moved into the same residence as her husband and still has no commitment on when this will happen.  Clearly this is not the level of service our seniors deserve.”

MPP Jim McDonell chided the Liberal government for its lack of consultation on key issues: “Over the past 10 years, the Liberal Government has had the opportunity to consult with stakeholders, identify the region’s needs, design a comprehensive health care plan to address them and release it for public scrutiny.  This was not done and now our residents are left to learn of important changes in the region’s healthcare landscape at the last minute.  This government has increased taxes significantly over the past nine years and we are not getting the health care that we are paying for.”

The CGH site is expected to be sold for as little as $2 million with services transferred to the Community Hospital and local care agencies. MPP McDonell stated: “We must stop the sale until a comprehensive plan is in place, identifying the community’s needs and the facilities required to look after them.”

MPP McDonell concluded: “In his 2012 Annual Report, the Auditor General identified an 85% increase in the number of people waiting for a long-term care bed between March 2005 and March 2012, while the number of beds only increased by 3%. In addition, Ontario’s population aged 75 and up is expected to increase almost 30% by 2021. The CGH could be part of the solution and we need a plan that addresses these additional demands before we lose it.” 


Left to right: Margaret Varin, Lilliane Carrier, Phyllis Leroux, MPP Jim McDonell, Murray Quenneville