SEIU Healthcare's letter to the Minister of Health in support of EMS professionals

TORONTO, July 18, 2017 /CNW/ -

The Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
10th Floor, Hepburn Block
80 Grosvenor Street Toronto, Ontario, M7A 2C4

Dear Minister Hoskins,

As you know, SEIU Healthcare represents nearly 60,000 caring, compassionate, and professional health care workers from across the entire sector.

First-responders, specifically, paramedics, are among those we are proud to represent in Ontario.

On June 29, 2017, Assistant Deputy Minister, Patricia Li, released a document entitled, "Update on Transforming Ontario's Emergency Health Services System."

Page 8 of the document categorizes unions level of engagement as "inform."

I have heard the concerns from our proud EMS professionals about the need to be consulted and not simply informed.

We are asking that you direct the ministry to correct this oversight and ensure unions, including SEIU Healthcare, are formally consulted as a significant partner in the transformation of the EMS sector.

It's critical to the system that the perspectives, experiences, and voices of front line paramedics inform decisions that will affect how Ontario's public health services are delivered.

Sincerely,

Sharleen Stewart
President,
SEIU Healthcare

ABOUT SEIU HEALTHCARE
SEIU Healthcare represents more than 57,000 healthcare and community service workers across Ontario. The union's members work in hospitals, homecare, nursing and retirement homes, and community services throughout the province. SEIU Healthcare has a strong track record of improving wages, benefits and working conditions for healthcare workers, supporting the training and development needs of its members, and strengthening standards in the management and delivery of patient and client care. www.seiuhealthcare.ca

SOURCE SEIU Healthcare

For further information: For media inquiries, contact: Grace Ghunaim, SEIU Healthcare, 416-689-7944, g.ghunaim@seiuhealthcare.ca

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