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Amalgamation Talks Continue Between Huron, Perth Health Units

Huron County | by Peter Jackson  

Huron County Health Unit says merger talks with Perth will continue, despite news of amalgamation with Bruce, Grey.

The Huron County and Perth District Health Units plan to continue amalgamation talks, as proposed provincewide changes to public health program delivery are considered.

The Ford government is looking at cutting the number of health units across Ontario to 10 from the current 35.

Under the proposal, Huron and Perth would join Bruce and Grey Counties in one large regionally-based health unit covering territory stretching from Tobermory to St. Marys.

Acting Huron Medical Officer of Health, Doctor Maarten Bokhout says local program delivery must remain the new entity's number one job.

Funding for health units is now under a formula that sees the province pay 70 per-cent of the cost, with municipalities covering the remaining 30 per-cent.

Perth MOH Doctor Miriam Klassen meantime says the province has directed Huron and Perth to continue with their own amalgamation process, under existing legislation.

If approved, the 10 regional mega health units would start operation on April 1st of next year.

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