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

    SUDBURY, ON, March 30 /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:    Monday, April 2, 2007

         TIME:    7:00 p.m.

         PLACE:   St. Andrew's Place, Activity Hall, 2nd Floor
                  111 Larch Street

    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 Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) Ontario president Sid Ryan.
    "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 CUPE. Other forum locations
include North Bay, Peterborough, Kingston, Windsor, London, St. Catharines and

    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; Sid Ryan,
President, CUPE Ontario, (416) 209-0066

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