With permission from ELB, I introduce our first Guest Journal Entry:
Even Donald Trump would say that this is "huuuuuge".
Money woes disrupt Scarborough-Rouge Valley hospital merger
A $3-million grant from the province falls well short of what Scarborough Hospital and Rouge Valley Health System say they need to cover upfront merger costs
In short, the hospitals believe that the integration would cost about $30M. The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care offered $3M. The same Minister who just bailed out Thunder Bay on Friday to the tune of $14M.
Honestly, if you were looking for transformation, wouldn't the Scarborough-Rouge Valley merger look borderline orgasmic? And from a political perspective, without doing the formal research I am confident in saying that there are more seats in GTA East than Northwestern Ontario. Heck there are less the 250,000 people in the whole region. That fits on one Scarborough RT train - or at least feels (and smells) like it!
But I digress.
So mfO, riddle me this one: since when is Scarborough on the margins and Thunder Bay is at the core? Or does this officially mark the beginning of silly season?
And finally, a similar merger happened not too long ago in GTA West, i.e., Trillium Health Partners (Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital, and Queensway Health Centre). There must have been some government support for this transformation: either from the Ministry or the LHIN.
Can someone explain why Central is not giddy with excitement and tripping ll over themselves to make this happen?
■ Does Central think that this is nothing but a cynical hospital cash grab?
■ Are there not enough Liberal seats to maintain or win or is GTA East hardened PC territory?
■ The Liberals had the chance to support this and hesitated. Which party jump out on Monday morning and declare that if elected they will support this?
Would love to see the Minister's briefing note on this one.
That's enough for now.