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RSS FeedsChristine Elliott fires back at former health ministers who urged the government to stop cutbacks
(The Star Business)


24 may 2019 00:05:01

Christine Elliott fires back at former health ministers who urged the government to stop cutbacks
(The Star Business)

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott has fired back at 10 former health ministers who wrote to her urging the government halt cutbacks to public health.In a statement released Thursday, Elliott said Ontario´s auditor general has found that `public health units are poorly co-ordinated and duplicating work,` and `not delivering consistent service.``Worse yet, the auditor general reported that since 2014 about one-third of public health units have undertaken research on a number of common topics, including sugar-sweetened beverages, energy drinks, e-cigarettes and alcohol,` Elliott also said.`All told, it´s clear that there are significant opportunities to more efficiently deliver public health while protecting and improving vital programs.`The letter from the former ministers warned that clawbacks to public health put the `prosperity of our communities and of our entire province at risk,` adding such cuts `make no sense ... This cutting of public health services cannot go forward.`Dr. Helena Jaczek, a former Liberal health minister who also served as the medical officer of health in York Region, said at Queen´s Park on Thursday that `public health has been the backbone of preventing acute infectious disease, chronic disease` and saves money down the line.Read more:Ontario health minister´s `modernization´ plan: cut now, figure out the details laterOpinion | How Ontario´s cuts to public health will hurt our patientsLawyers and doctors join forces to battle legal aid cuts for refugees, immigrantsToronto Councillor Joe Cressy, who chairs the city´s board of health, said the government announced the cuts `without warning, without consultation and without any notice they´re retroactive` when public health units are already mid-way into their fiscal year.The Ford government changes make Ontario `the only province in all of Canada, the only one that doesn´t fund public health at 100 per cent - the only one,` Cressy said. `In the wake of SARS and Walkerton, based on ...
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