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Bruce County Talks Health Unit Merger With Huron, Perth

Bruce County | by John Divinski  

The Grey-Bruce Medical Officer of Health was before Bruce County Council looking for continued political support

The Grey-Bruce Medical Officer of Health was before Bruce County Council looking for continued political support as health unit mergers loom on the horizon.

Dr. Ian Arra says the provincial government will conduct consultations on this issue this summer with legislation slated to come up this Fall.

Arra says he's asking for "the local political support to ensure the connection between the community and public health."

Dr. Arra says without it his concern is if they move to regional public health and "we lose connection with the community, we might not be doing the best job we can."

The health units of Grey-Bruce, Huron and Perth have been in planning stages talks about what a regional health unit in the four counties would look like.

Arra says fortunately all four counties are rural in nature and face the same challenges.

He says, "As long as we (Grey-Bruce) are in the driver's seat," he can promise his employees, "No front line staff would lose their positions."

Dr. Arra says with a local board of directors, they are in the driver's seat.

He states hopefully next year, they can design a regional board that still connected with the municipalities.

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