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Wilson Wants Debate on Medical Labs

(October 18, 2010) Jim Wilson is calling for a full legislative debate on the closure of medical laboratories in Tottenham, Stayner and Elmvale.  The Simcoe-Grey MPP put the wheels in motion by tabling a Resolution in the Ontario Legislature today.

“When my parents were alive, I can’t imagine how we would have managed had they not had a blood lab in their hometown of Alliston,” said Wilson.  “There was no way in their final months that they could have travelled any great distances, but now that is exactly what the people of Tottenham, Clearview and Elmvale must do because of the closure of labs in their communities.”

The lab closures mean that constituents now have to travel to Alliston, Collingwood and Wasaga Beach, or areas outside of Simcoe-Grey, to receive the care they used to get in their community.  Wilson says this just causes longer line-ups at those locations for everyone.  In the case of Elmvale residents, he says they now not only have to drive farther, but they also have to pay for parking at the Georgian Bay General Hospital in Midland. 

Wilson called it a terrible situation that is causing unnecessary hardship for everyone involved.  The local MPP has already begun tabling petitions from constituents and continues to urge people to sign his petition at his offices or on his website at

“I’m on the side of seniors and families who rely on these services,” said Wilson.  “If Dalton McGuinty won’t restore these services then I’m going to force him to have a full legislative debate into the delivery of these services.”

The Resolution tabled in the Ontario Legislature today reads as follows:

That, in the opinion of this House, the McGuinty Government should immediately restore medical laboratory services to Tottenham, Stayner and Elmvale, and present a plan to the Legislative Assembly to reduce line-ups at medical laboratories in Alliston, Wasaga Beach and Collingwood, and immediately stop any further erosion of medical services in rural Ontario.

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