Ontario Health Coalition to hold public consultation on hospital reform

You’re invited to participate! Now is the time when we can make a difference!

Toronto (08 Sept. 2017) — The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) is holding public hearings across the province. All individuals who access or work in health care, or the organizations representing them, are invited to attend and provide oral or written submissions on reforming Ontario’s hospitals in the public interest.

OPSEU/NUPGE encourages health care members to submit local and personal experiences to hearing

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) will distribute a template submission, which can be used as a guide. Ideally, the OHC is eager to hear about local and personal experiences with the health care system and the challenges people, their families and colleagues face on the frontlines when it comes to providing quality patient care. Health care workers are the experts on the ground!   

The input from the hearings will be used to help create a report that will be released publicly in the fall. The OHC also plans to use the recommendations from the hearings to measure the political parties’ health care plans leading into next spring’s provincial election.

The deadline for booking an oral presentation is October 6 at 5 p.m. Presentations are 10 minutes per person. To book a time to make an oral submission, contact the Ontario Health Coalition at 416-441-2502 or ohc@sympatico.ca. The deadline for written submissions is Friday, October 27 at 5 p.m. Written submissions can be as informal as a handwritten note. All submissions will be accepted.

The OHC wants to hear your ideas about

  • gaps in services
  • improving access to care
  • funding for Ontario’s hospitals
  • improving quality of care
  • improving public access to information and meaningful public input
  • improving public ownership and democratic control
  • the impacts of privatization in your community
  • re-integrating services into public hospitals
  • ensuring hospitals serve our communities (rural and urban, diverse ages, with cultural sensitivity and respect for our communities’ diversities)
  • workplace safety
  • other public interest issues

Voices need to be heard in support of public health care

The OHC is encouraging people to attend hearings around the province.

Hearings schedule:

Thunder Bay:  October 12, 3 - 7 p.m., Italian Cultural Centre, 132 Algoma St. S.

Welland: October 14, 10 - 11:30 a.m., Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln St.

St. Catharines:  October 14, 1 - 2:30 p.m., Public Library, Mills Room, 54 Church St.

Ottawa:  October 16, 3 - 7 p.m., PSAC Building, 233 Gilmour St.

Trenton:  October 17, 3 - 7 p.m., Public Library, 7 Creswell Dr.

Toronto:  October 18, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., OSSCO 333 Wilson Ave., Ste 406.

Scarborough:  October 18, 3 - 6:30 p.m., Bendale Public Library, 1515 Danforth Rd.

Chatham:  October 19, 3 - 5 p.m., St. Clair College, Thames Campus Arena Blue Line Rm, 1001 Grand Ave. W.

Wallaceburg:  October 19, 6 - 8 p.m.,  Legion, 52 Margaret Ave.

North Bay:  October 21, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., OPSEU office, 150 First Ave. W.

Woodstock: October 21, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., Southside Aquatic Centre, 315 Finkle St.

Hamilton:  Mon, October 23, 5 - 8 p.m., YWCA Auditorium, 75 McNab St. S.

London:  Tues, October 24, 3 - 7 p.m., Central Public Library, Hunt Rm, 251 Dundas St.

Windsor:  Wed, October 25, 3 - 7 p.m., Central Public Library, Fred- Israel Room, 850 Ouellette Ave.

Durham/Ajax:  Thurs, October 26, 3 - 7 p.m., Ajax Community Centre, North Hall, 75 Centennial Rd.

All are welcome to come and watch the hearings and join in the discussion.  

More information:

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The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE