CFN – 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?