Home, community care continue as super-agency Ontario Health takes shape

Grant Boone
June 21, 2019

Reductions occur as soon as the government Ford is working to integrate the territorial departments of public health Ontario, as well as offices, who oversees cancer treatment in Ontario (Cancer Care Ontario), the provision of medical services online (eHealth Ontario) and many others, to create a new institution under the name of "public Health Ontario" (Ontario Health). None of the impacted positions provide direct patient care.

The Ford government is laying off 416 people in the Ontario public service as it overhauls the province's health care administration, while signalling more cuts are on the horizon.

Doug Ford's Conservative government also says it has increased health spending by $1.3 billion this year.

In total, the province will be eliminating 825 "back-office" positions but the government says nearly half of those jobs are now vacant.

Fifteen employees of the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN will lose their jobs as Ontario's government merges the provinces 20 regional health networks into one new, super-agency.

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The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care said Wednesday morning that it is eliminating a total of 825 positions as part of its efforts to direct health care funding from administration to patient care. While almost half of those are now vacant, the government is expected to lay off some 416 workers in roles such as communications, human resources, planning, data analytics and financial services. He has since changed his position to say that no front-line jobs would be eliminated.

Each of the agencies and each LHIN has submitted comprehensive plans which will help to ensure the eventual smooth transition into Ontario Health and to protect and maintain the delivery of patient care.

"As was submitted to the Standing Committee on Estimates, the government expects to save approximately $250 million this year by eliminating duplicative administration, which is being reinvested in direct patient care", Kann said in an email.

Elliott said up to ten will be approved in the fall. "That's why we have asked agencies to responsibly avoid filling vacant positions and accept early retirements to minimize the impact of the reorganization into Ontario Health". The government has received applications from more than 150 groups interested in the new "Ontario Health Team" program. We are eliminating duplicative administration, and redirecting those savings to direct patient care.

"For us, already, it is having an impact, this uncertainty over the health-care system".

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