McGuinty Government Holding Public Consultation On Future Of Health Care



    Government Wants To Hear From Ontarians On 10-Year Strategic Plan

    THUNDER BAY, ON, March 2 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government wants to hear
from local residents as it develops a 10-year strategic plan for the
province's health care system, Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior
North and Bill Mauro, the MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan announced today on
behalf of Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman.
    "Listening to Ontarians is essential to the development of a long-term
plan for the province's health system because it is their system," Gravelle
said. "Our government has made significant progress in increasing access to
health care and bringing down wait times. We want to make sure our health
system will be there for Ontarians in the future because we're in this
together."
    A public regional consultation will be held on Monday, March 5 at
4:00 p.m. at:

    Lakehead University
    ATAC Building, 6th Floor
    Room 6022
    Thunder Bay ON P7B 5Z8

    The meeting in Thunder Bay is being hosted by Gravelle and Mauro, and
speakers will include Dr. John Whitfield, Board Chair of the North West Local
Health Integration Network (LHIN).

    There will also be a number of other sites available where residents can
watch by video-conferencing. These include:

    North West Local Health Integration Network
    975 Alloy Drive, Suite 201
    Thunder Bay ON P7B 5Z8

    Lake of the Woods District Hospital
    21 Sylvan Street West
    Kenora ON P9N 3W7

    Dryden Regional Health Centre
    58 Goodall Street
    Dryden ON P8N 2Z6

    La Verendrye Health Centre
    110 Victoria Avenue
    Fort Frances ON P9A 2B7

    Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre
    7th Avenue North
    Sioux Lookout ON P8T 1C2

    Geraldton District Hospital
    500 Hogarth Avenue West
    Geraldton ON P0T 1M0

    Wilson Memorial General Hospital
    26 Peninsula Road
    Marathon ON P0T 2E0

    Nipigon District Memorial Hospital
    Multipurpose Room
    125 Hogan Road
    Nipigon ON P0T 2J0

    The consultation will allow local residents an opportunity to have their
say about the future of health care in Ontario, as well as front-line health
care providers and organized health care groups. Members of the public who
wish to attend or participate in the consultations can obtain more information
by calling 1-866-968-9582 or by visiting www.register-ourplanforhealth.ca.
    The 2.5-hour session will highlight the government's progress in building
a stronger health care system in Ontario, health and social trends in the
province, future system challenges and opportunities, and an overview of what
the government and Local Health Integration Networks have already heard from
the public.
    Participants at the session will then be engaged in a dialogue about the
important values and priorities that will shape Ontario's future health care
system.
    The regional consultation is just one of many ways that the government
has been obtaining feedback from Ontarians on their health care priorities and
concerns. Opinions have been collected through other meetings with health care
stakeholders, telephone surveys, e-mails to a dedicated website
(www.ourplanforhealth.ca) and through a toll-free phone line: 1-866-532-3161.
    The consultation will be part of the development of a strategic plan,
which is a commitment legislated under the Local Health System Integration
Act. The plan will set out a vision, priorities and strategic directions for
our health care system over the next 10 years.
    "Developing a plan is a huge challenge and responsibility," said Mauro.
"And we can't do it without listening to the thoughts, concerns and ideas from
the people of Ontario."
    Today's initiative is part of the McGuinty government's plan for
innovation in public health care, building a system that delivers on three
priorities - keeping Ontarians healthy, reducing wait times and providing
better access to doctors and nurses.

    This news release, along with other media materials, such as matte
stories and audio clips, on other subjects, are available on our website at:
http://www.health.gov.on.ca under the News Media section.

    For more information on achievements in health care, visit:
www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca.

    Disponible en français.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: David Spencer, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-4320; A.G. Klei, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care,
(416) 314-6197; Members of the general public: 1-866-532-3161

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