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

    NORTH BAY, ON, April 2 /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
    At this community speaking engagement:

           DATE:   Tuesday, April 3, 2007

           TIME:   7:00 p.m.

           PLACE:  Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 23, Ontario Room
                   1st Avenue West
                   North Bay

    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). Other forum locations include Sudbury, Peterborough,
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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