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

    LONDON, ON, April 9 /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, is touring the province with a message for Ontario
political parties - "don't leap into competition and privatized health system.
It's not working well in Britain."
    The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) and the Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) have scheduled a series of community forums to talk about the
failure of the Blair government's introduction of competition into the British
health system.
    London Community forum:

                      DATE:     Tuesday, April 10, 2007

                      TIME:     7:00 p.m.

                      PLACE:    Lamplighter Inn Best Western
                                591 Wellington Street

    "The British experience is particularly timely for Ontario," says CUPE
Ontario president Sid Ryan who, along with former NDP Health Minister Ruth
Grier and OHC co-chair Dora Jeffries, will speak at the London forum.
    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.
    Other forum locations include Sudbury, North Bay, Peterborough, Kingston,
Windsor, St. Catharines and Kitchener.

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

For further information:

For further information: Dora Jeffries, Ontario Health Coalition, (416)
889-4603; Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications, (416) 578-8774; Sid Ryan,
President, CUPE Ontario, (416) 209-0066

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