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14 november 2019 00:45:05

Ontario axing 9 executives in bid to save money, increase efficiencies in health care
(The Star Toronto Raptors)

Nine chief executives of Ontario’s regional health agencies are getting pink slips and sharing $3 million in severance as the province revamps its health-care system in a bid to save money and improve efficiency.The move to cut the number of Local Health Integration Networks (LHIN) to five from 14 comes as organizations like Cancer Care Ontario and eHealth Ontario are transferred into a new “super agency” called Ontario Health effective Dec. 2, Health Minister Christine Elliott announced Wednesday.Elliott said nothing will change for patients as the health system is streamlined to save $250 million this year, rising to $350 million next year, with the money being poured back into front-line care as the province’s population grows and ages.“Patients continue to receive care in the same way they always have. This is really just back-office changes to find savings and to integrate patient care,” she said in an interview, noting functions like human resources and payroll for the many different agencies are being combined under the new Ontario Health to end unnecessary duplication.A health ministry official said no one other than the heads of the LHINs, which provide local health care planning, are being laid off now and no offices are closing, but in future there will be “significant” savings as real estate assets are consolidated. The Toronto Star reported in June that 416 administrative staff were cut at Cancer Care Ontario and other health organizations as Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government began the streamlining. A total of 825 positions were eliminated, of which 409 were vacant.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath described herself as “a skeptic” when asked if she believes the restructuring will improve health care for patients.“While the government’s making all of these changes building their super-bureaucracy, we see hallway medicine getting worse and worse,” Horwath ...

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