Toronto Central LHIN And Ministry Of Health And Long-Term Care Sign Accountability Agreement

    Three-Year Agreement Sets Out Obligations/Responsibilities

    TORONTO, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - The Toronto Central Local Health Integration
Network (LHIN) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care have signed an
accountability agreement, Mohamed Dhanani, Chair of the Board of Directors of
the Toronto Central LHIN announced today. The agreement defines the
obligations and responsibilities of both the LHIN and the ministry for the
next three years.
    "We are excited to move forward on our mandate to improve the health
system for residents in the Toronto Central LHIN," said Mr. Dhanani, "The
accountability agreement will be a key to achieving better results and meeting
the health care needs of our communities."
    Developing the accountability agreement has been a collaborative process
and sets out the relationship between the ministry and the LHINs in fulfilling
their new roles to strengthen health care for all Ontarians.

    Highlights of the agreement signed by the Toronto Central LHIN include:

    -  The agreement sets the stage for negotiation of service accountability
       agreements (SAA) with hospitals in 2007, and with other health service
       providers over the next two years.

    -  The agreement identifies LHIN and ministry obligations for management
       of the local health system. In addition, responsibilities and
       obligations are set out for the following areas: community engagement,
       planning and integration; information management and reporting;
       financial management and processes; performance management and e-

    While the LHIN fulfills its mandate to plan, integrate and fund health
care services, the ministry will focus more on long-term strategy, priorities
and system outcomes. The ministry will provide a provincial framework by
establishing legislation, policy, standards, targets and measures for
Ontario's health care system.
    LHINs fund and coordinate services offered by most hospitals, long-term
care homes, Community Care Access Centres (CCACs), community support service
agencies, mental health and addiction agencies, divested psychiatric hospitals
and Community Health Centres (CHCs).
    Building on the strengths of local health organizations, LHINs allow for
better matching of health care resources to community needs.

For further information:

For further information: Sandra Fawcett, Communications Specialist,
(416) 969-3281, Sandra.Fawcett@LHINS.ON.CA

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