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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Concern About Health Laws

Huron County | by Dianne Colgan  

Huron County Council gets update on health legislation in case of outbreaks.

Huron County Board of Health members are feeling re-assured, after a chat with Ministry of Health officials regarding changes in legislation.

Late last year, legislation was announced that would give the Chief Medical Officer of Health the power to direct local health units in the case of an outbreak.

Chair of the Board of Health Bernie MacLellan says they recently had a chat with the Health Minister's staff about whether that would limit flexibility for the Huron County Health Unit.

MacLellan says even though more populated areas of the province had some trouble with the rollout of the H1N1 vaccine, Huron County exceeded the expectations of the Ministry.

He says it wouldn't be fair to restrict a rural area just because a larger urban centre is having more difficulty with an outbreak.

MacLellan says they were mostly concerned with proposed timelines for vaccinating certain parts of the population.

He says with smaller populations in Huron County, the Health Unit would be able to get through a group of at-risk people faster than in Toronto and it wouldn't be fair to hold off on the next group because of that.

MacLellan says he was reassured that the Health Ministry staff understood their issues and don't think it will become a problem in the case of another outbreak.


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