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Dialysis Situation Must Be Fixed: Wilson

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(February 18, 2011) Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson has asked the Minister of Health to step-in to clear the waiting list for dialysis services at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital.  According to the hospital, there is a wait list of 7 patients who have to travel outside of the local area for treatment.

"You can expect one loud and energized Jim Wilson if this isn't fixed quickly," stated Wilson who says he's disappointed that the situation was allowed to get to this point.  "I'm not going to sit around and do nothing while constituents are forced to travel long distances for treatment."

During his first term as MPP, Wilson spent years advocating for constituents who had to travel frequently to Toronto to get dialysis treatment.  Upon becoming Health Minister in 1995, Wilson transformed the system and establishment satellite dialysis clinics in Alliston, Collingwood and throughout Ontario.

Wilson wrote an urgent letter today to Ontario's Health Minister, Deb Matthews, seeking her immediate intervention.  He says he'll make it a priority to speak to the minister next week when the legislature resumes.

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