In light of another round of service reduction proposals, Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith questions the need for the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and says government should put its money into the hospitals instead.
“The Southeast LHIN is forcing the team at QHC to make some very difficult decisions and I know Quinte Healthcare is trying to make the best decisions based on the evidence,” Smith said. “The question we should really be asking is why does the LHIN exist at all? Getting rid of that layer of bureaucracy would put a lot of money back into the coffers at Quinte Healthcare.”
Smith pointed out that the LHIN system costs the province hundreds of millions of dollars every year to pay for bureaucrats who never see a single patient. In addition, Smith pointed out that not a single LHIN in Ontario has met the majority of goals that were laid out for them by the Ministry of Health when the system was put into place.
“If we put money into frontline services, into nurses and doctors and beds instead of bureaucrats or LHIN offices, we’d have the money to maintain outpatient physiotherapy or obstetrics in Picton.” Smith said. “Unfortunately, we have a government in this province with the wrong priorities. The money should be going to patients, not pencil pushers. The LHIN has outlived whatever usefulness it might have had. It’s time we got rid of it.”
Smith is also urging a caution as QHC measures public response to the list of service changes, most notably at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital, due funding formula changes. He expressed concerns about assumptions that the services already exist in the community to handle the closure of inpatient beds at the QHC hospitals in Picton, Trenton and Belleville.
“While I agree that we need to get patients who shouldn’t be in the hospital back home or in an alternate level of care facility, I believe that because of the waste, scandal and overspending that has occurred within the Ministry of Health, the services don’t exist yet or aren’t funded properly to provide the care in the community.”
South East LHIN
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Quinte Health Care
265 Dundas Street E,
Belleville, K8N 5A9
969-7400 ext 2027
Fax: (613) 968-8234
website feedback: http://www.qhc.on.ca/feedback-form-p1321.php
Contact information for Todd Smith, MPP
81 Millennium Parkway, Unit 3
Toll Free: 1-877-536-6248
PO Box 575
The Armory 206 Main Street
Picton , Ontario K0K 2T0
Queen’s Park Address
Room 357, Main Legislative Building
Queen’s Park Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A8
Tel : 416-325-2702
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