VIDEO: Tories Release Plan to Improve Healthcare
The Tories say they can improve the healthcare system for you and your family.
Which is why Tim Hudak and company are introducing a plan via a white paper on getting rid of Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) and moving jobs around. He says these "middle men" organizations are run by bureaucrats not front-line workers.
He estimates eliminating them will cut 2,000 middle management jobs and allow the province to hire 2,000 front-line workers. Hudak maintains any healthcare integration can be done by what he calls local health hubs that will be run by boards made up of medical staff, including doctors and nurses.
He also wants to shrink the Health Ministry, making it primarily responsible for planning, funding and quality control.
The PC leader says all this can directly save the system $800 million.
Meantime, Health Minister Deb Matthews says the PC white paper just expands on ideas the McGuinty Liberals already have in play. However, Matthews warns that deviating from the path that their on may make wait-times at the ER or surgeries longer.
NDP leader Andrea Horwath notes the plan looks like it will put too much responsibilities on hospitals. Horwath says she wouldn't necessarily keep the LHINs but says her party will be looking into other options to put on the table.