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Limited detail on Ontario's super health agency — Peel Health
The province’s plan to create a super agency to oversee Ontario’s health system had “limited detail” on how the changes will actually impact health services in Peel, says Nancy Polsinelli, commissioner of health services for the Region of Peel.
Polsinelli provided a brief report to council on Thursday (Feb. 28) about the changes announced by Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott earlier in the week.
|Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Yesterday morning, our worst fears were confirmed. The Ontario NDP released yet more leaked documents that further reveal Doug Ford’s scheme to privatize health care services across Ontario.
Documents dating back to mid-December show plans have already been approved to shift health care services, and the public dollars that fund them, into private hands.
Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott addressed this latest leak at a media conference at Queen’s Park, where she was forced to admit, “what we are proposing is a massive transformation of our public health care system…”
You and I know exactly what that means: privatization.
Minister Elliott protested vehemently when questioned by reporters, saying this is not a done deal. She said the government is still listening to what Ontarians want in their health care system.
So now’s the time for us to call her on it – literally! Click the “click to call now” button below to call Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott’s office and tell her you oppose the privatization of any health care services in Ontario.
More than 500 people from across the province have already flooded Minister Elliot’s office with calls! But this bombshell news means your voice is needed now more than ever.
Please be sure to share this action with your friends and family too so Minister Elliott hears the message loud and clear.
Ontario needs expanded medicare, not privatization that costs more money and means less care for all of us.
Thank you for speaking up for public health care in Ontario.
PS: If you missed my message last Friday keep reading below.
Public health care in Ontario is in serious danger.
Yesterday, the Ontario NDP revealed a leaked document from the Ford government showing that the Progressive Conservatives are preparing to privatize health care in Ontario. Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott has since held a press conference and confirmed the leaked bill is authentic. The document is a draft bill, 81 pages long, titled “The Health System Efficiency Act.”
According to media reports, the Ford government plans to create a new agency that could have a mandate to privatize health care in Ontario. We can’t let this happen.
You can take action right now to stop this. Will you take a few minutes to call Health Minister Christine Elliott and tell her you oppose privatizing health care?
Privatization is not the answer – it leads to longer wait times, higher costs and worse care.
The PC’s secret bill would create a “Super Agency” to replace the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and give the Health Minister the power to force mergers or closures of institutions that provide health services, including hospitals, long-term care homes, community health centres and more.
This bill could lead to the creation of mega-hospitals where services would be consolidated and privatized, while smaller and more rural hospitals would close.
The Ford government has already announced a reduction in funding for hospital beds in the province, despite the fact that Ontario has the fewest number of hospital beds per capita in Canada. Ontario also funds its public hospitals at the lowest rate in Canada.
Premier Ford, who made an election promise to “end hallway medicine,” has recently been revealing his true agenda. Last fall, he appointed former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell to lead an independent inquiry into the previous Liberal government’s spending and make recommendations on “efficiencies.”
According to the Ontario Health Coalition, Mr. Campbell’s government cut and privatized hospitals and health care services in B.C. “Under his leadership, user fees for patients ballooned to the worst in the country. As a result of his policies, B.C. is ground zero for health care privatization in Canada, two-tier medicare is rampant, long waits and poor access to care exist throughout the system.”
It couldn’t be clearer: Doug Ford wants to privatize Ontario health care.
Take action – click here to call Health Minister Christine Elliott. Say no to Ford’s regressive agenda for Ontario.
Privatized health care won’t help you or me, and it will hurt the most sick and vulnerable people in our province.
Thank you for taking action for an Ontario that works and cares for everyone.
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