Cornwall General Hospital Sale Pending to Group of Doctors Including Dr. Tombler in Cornwall Ontario – March 25, 2013

Cornwall General Hospital Sale Pending to Group of Doctors Including Dr. Tombler in Cornwall Ontario – March 25, 2013

2nd HospitalCFN –  With news leaking all over Cornwall that purports that the Cornwall General Hospital will be sold to a group of doctors including Dr. Dany Tombler, CFN can confirm that CCH has accepted “an” offer, which they have not disclosed, and that this offer has been confirmed to have gone to the LHIN for recommendation to the ministry of health of Ontario for final approval.

It’s been an interesting path and exercise in futility for the community that has spent countless millions in supporting the hospital facility.

Originally when this 4th quarter pitch initiated by members Todd Lalonde & Andre Rivette of the EOHU board and Mark A MacDonald and student Josh Welsh of the Citizens Coalition was started they were told that the LHIN played no role in the future of the facility; that they only funded services.

The Minister of Health made clear points about public consultations, but those consultations never officially occurred and while there has been talk of a task force and not one, but two motions passed at council in Cornwall an offer has been accepted and most likely will be rubber stamped through in something that surely seems to be political expediency instead of truly caring about community needs.

Tonight the Citizens Coalition will be appearing before council.  They still have some hope as the Minstry has not officially rubber stamped the offer that it has been asked to.  This scribbler has a hunch it will be given on a Friday afternoon in the not too distant future if not this coming Friday.

The real issue for many isn’t this transaction, but the complete and utter lack of community leadership that has allowed this to occur.   Even Mark A MacDonald of the Citizens Coalition was a member of council the last term and ran for mayor.  This hospital’s demise was never discussed on the campaign trail.

The community does care as it showed in the first meeting Mr. MacDonald called.  It cares a lot and its done its share to support the needs of the public.

Where were the leaders voices in the last ten years as they knew the clock was ticking on the future of Cornwall General?   Is there a deeper political game to the commercial disposal of this community health asset?   One doctor was stating that with the future of Quebec they expected Cornwall’s population to hit the 100K mark within 20 years.    Will we have to build another hospital down the road and at what, 20, 30, times the cost of what we sell Cornwall General for?

There is a protest in front of City Hall tonight at 6:30 PM.  While many are protesting the issue of Councilor Syd Gardiner not being charged for damaging and taking protest signs that were kept in the Mayor’s office for a week before being turned over to the Chief of Police; quite a few will be protesting over the hospital and there are quite a few that will also be protesting the Whistleblowing cases against City Hall and the secrecy and anti-democratic actions taking by Mayor Bob Kilger, and councilors like Denis Thibault, Denis Carr, Bernadette Clement, and Elaine MacDonald whose support have propped up Mayor Kilger.

Tonight is one of those meetings that if you care about Cornwall you want to be at City Hall.

Will you be there?

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8 Comments on "Cornwall General Hospital Sale Pending to Group of Doctors Including Dr. Tombler in Cornwall Ontario – March 25, 2013"

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I will be there tonight for sure but I will be arriving late for all the protest due to an employment issue that has me working a 12 hour shift today at the General. As soon as I get off work I’ll be heading to city hall. Start the party without me.

Christopher Cameron

Dear viewers,

I strongly encourage you to come to the council meeting and make your presence known.
I will be out front with others protesting the lack of transparency of council and Syd’s abuse of the law.

You are welcome to join us ,if your not comfortable with that,please make the effort and sit in council chambers and observe.

For it is only YOU that represents your beliefs and YOUR voice and presence does matter ,get involved in the interest of your community and how your hard earned money is spent.

Take care my fellow citizens,
Hope to see YOU there

Brian Lessard

Kind of looks like a precursor to privatized health care. Community funds and participation built this hospital and without an independent study to consider its potential to the community I’d have to say this just isn’t right. Indeed we’ll see what the new Liberal government is all about if they allow this to go through.

The Cornwall General is a very important facility and I should say “mighty important facility.” Tomorrow morning my husband and I are going to see a very dear friend and possibly for the last time since he is full of cancer throughout his body. He is in one of those facilities and we all cried like babies here today. My daughter hasn’t been the same since we heard the news. She is so lost and doesn’t know what to do. We have the good memories to cling to. We are going to pick up his wife and we will go… Read more »
Jamie said something right about the changes in health care that can come in a decade or so which is possible. Ontario is broke and the entire world’s economy is collapsing. The bailouts are a temporary bandade to the problem but it will not last and the whole house of cards are going to come tumbling down. I fear very much for what is going to happen – the future doesn’t look good at all. All I hear is talk about WWIII and even in the Bible as well as in books that have predicted this to happen. The General… Read more »
Jane Doe

I truly do not have a problem with Dr Tombler and a group of doctors buying this hospital.. Dr Tombler is an excellent Doctor and i am sure whatever he and his colleagues do it will only benefit our community.