ST. CATHARINES, ON, April 10 /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 Britain."
At this community speaking engagement:
DATE: Wednesday, April 11, 2007
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Black Sea Hall
455 Welland 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
Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) president Michael Hurley and Ontario Health
Coalition (OHC) co-chair Dora Jeffries.
"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) Ontario. Other forum locations include Sudbury, North Bay,
Peterborough, Kingston, Windsor, London 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; Michael Hurley,
President, OCHU/CUPE, (416) 884-0770