Media advisory - "Look before you leap into competition and privatized health system" - Sitting British Labour MP and former health minister tells Ontario politicians, communities



    PETERBOROUGH, ON, April 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Frank Dobson, a sitting
Labour MP and former health minister, who is critical of his own government's
experiment with private health care, has a message for Ontario political
parties - "don't leap into competition and privatized health system. It's not
working well in Britain."
    At this community speaking engagement:

    
        DATE:     Wednesday, April 4, 2007

        TIME:     7:00 p.m.

        PLACE:    Evinrude Centre
                  911 Monaghan Road
                  Peterborough
    

    Dobson will talk about the failure of the Blair government's introduction
of competition into the British health system. He will be joined by Ontario
Health Coalition (OHC) director Natalie Mehra and Ontario Council of Hospital
Unions (OCHU) president Michael Hurley.
    "The British experience is particularly timely for Ontario," says Dobson.
The British model, focused on privatization and a payment per-procedure system
intended to foster competition among health care providers, is similar to the
restructuring that the McGuinty Liberals are proposing - and that can be seen
in practice - in the province's wait-times strategy.
    Conservative leader John Tory has been an outspoken advocate for private
surgeries, ignoring the U.K. experience that private delivery of acute care is
actually more expensive.
    Britain's National Health Service spending has doubled since 1997.
    Dobson will take part in a series of forums in eight Ontario communities
between April 2 and April 13 sponsored by OHC and the Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) Ontario. Other forum locations include Sudbury, North Bay,
Kingston, Windsor, London, St. Catharines and Kitchener.

    Frank Dobson is available for media interviews during the two week
Ontario forum tour.




For further information:

For further information: Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition, (416)
230-6402; Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications, (416) 578-8774; Michael Hurley,
President, OCHU/CUPE, (416) 884-0770

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