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Monday, April 22, 2019

Merger Between Huron, Perth Health Units Expected To Move Ahead

Huron-Perth | by Peter Jackson  

Chair of Huron Board of Health says few details known about province's plan to consolidate Ontario's 35 health units.

The Huron County and Perth District Health Units are taking a wait-and-see attitude, following the Tory government's pledge to reduce the number of health units provincewide from 35 to 10.

The announcement was contained in the Ford government's 2019 budget, released earlier this month.

It comes amid discussions involving Huron and Perth public health officials, on a merger of the two entities by January 1st of next year.

Huron Board of Health Chair Dave Jewitt tells Country 104.9 News that neither board has heard from Queen's Park, how the province plans to accomplish the reduction.

He says there is no reason to suspend or change the course of amalgamation talks between Huron and Perth, so they will continue.

Jewitt reminds us that the former Liberal government funded the amalgamation bid, and the Ministry of Health is aware of local plans for public health administration and service delivery.

He cautions the province that Huron County will not support any outside move that he says would "degrade" public health locally.

The Progressive Conservative government plans to cut $220 million from public health across the province over two years, with the goal of reaching 10 health units by 2021.

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