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Put Back Stayner's Medical Labs: Wilson

(Queen's Park) Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson is encouraging constituents to sign his petition to reinstate medical laboratory services in Stayner.  Wilson is responding to the decision by LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services (LifeLabs) to close their patient service centre at 230 King Street North in Stayner.
"I'm a user of these services and I know how long the wait times can be," said Wilson.  "The consolidation of medical labs in rural areas is causing people to travel further and wait longer for health services.  Rural Ontario is getting short-changed when it comes to the delivery of medical services."

Wilson acknowledged that LifeLabs is a private company that is entitled to make their own business decisions, even though he says it's the Ontario Government that is responsible for funding laboratory services and Dalton McGuinty's duty to provide them close to home.

"Ontarians have paid $15 billion over the last six years into the Liberal health tax, yet they are receiving less and less in return," says Wilson.  "At the same time we see record amounts of healthcare dollars blown out the door in scandals at eHealth and waste at Local Health Integration Networks."

The local MPP says he wants the McGuinty Government to fix the issue in Stayner, a problem that Wilson says will also cause longer line-ups in Collingwood and Wasaga Beach.

"In our area, people are already getting the short end of the stick when it comes to public healthcare - doctor shortages, small hospitals and lack of transportation.  Now Dalton McGuinty wants us to pay more in taxes to travel further to get the medical services we require.  I believe that is unacceptable."

Constituents can sign the MPP's petition on his website at www.jimwilsonmpp.com or at his office at 50 Hume Street in Collingwood.


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