More Job Cuts Likely on the Way for Underfunded Healthcare System

New Democrat Lisa Gretzky says workers at Windsor Regional Hospital are falling victim to an underfunded health system.

President CEO David Musyj recently announced cost improvements will result in approximately 80 staff reductions. The majority of those jobs will be cut from Unifor membership in food services and housekeeping.

The Windsor-West MPP says funding cuts from both the Ontario PC's and their Liberal predecessors have done nothing to improve wait times and hall way medicine.

Gretzky tells AM800 News promises of attrition through retirement packages don't help service levels for an already strained system long-term.

"I want to be clear, if you're talking about people leaving positions and not replacing them, those are still job losses." 

She says cutting jobs rather than increasing funding isn't going to fix anything — and more job cuts are likely on the way.

"Not just Windsor, but across the province, funding is not meeting the needs of the community members and the patients that access our healthcare," says Gretzky.

Musyj stated the hospital needs to find $7.3-million in savings for a balanced budget in the next couple of years. 

It was announced 20 staff have already lost their jobs and more layoffs are on the way in the coming months.

Unifor Local 2458 President Tullio DiPonti has a meeting with Musyj on Tuesday to discuss what happens next.