Brockton mayor calls hospital service cuts ‘unacceptable’

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BROCKTON – Mayor Chris Peabody says he’s mad and is going to stay that way, in the face of looming hospital service cuts in Brockton and area.

“I’m extremely upset,” he said. The impact of limiting emergency room service to daytime hours will have a far-reaching and negative impact on the area, he said. This includes longer response times for emergency services, along with higher costs. Ambulances will be tied up transporting patients to Hanover and Owen Sound, meaning the fire department will be called out more often. Police will have to travel outside the South Bruce OPP coverage area to assist when dealing with mentally ill patients. Some of the increased costs will affect the county – more and longer ambulance trips – while some directly affect the municipality.

“It’s all wrong,” he said, adding that with a “large administrative team,” he would have thought South Bruce Grey Health Centre could have solved the staffing issue long ago.

Peabody went on to say he resents the fact there’s no Brockton or South Bruce representation on the SBGHC’s board of directors.

“People from Kincardine are making decisions that affect Brockton negatively. It’s unacceptable,” he said.

Brockton will be getting county support in fighting the hospital service cuts, Peabody said. He’s been speaking with Steve Hammell, mayor of Arran-Elderslie (who is dealing with service cuts at the Chesley hospital), and is reaching out to Robert Buckle, mayor of South Bruce.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times

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