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

    WINDSOR, ON, April 6 /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 9, 2007

                       TIME:    7:00 p.m.

                       PLACE:   Giovanni Caboto Club
                                2175 Parent Avenue

    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 Ontario. Other forum
locations include Sudbury, North Bay, Peterborough, Kingston, 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: please contact: 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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