Hudak vows to turn health-care decision-making over to doctors, nurses
PC leader wants to eliminate Local Health Integration Networks
Tim Hudak and family arrive at his headquarters during a campaign stop in Grimsby, Ont,.May 12, 2014
The Canadian Press
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says he'll hand decision making in Ontario's health-care system to doctors and nurses rather than bureaucrats.
Speaking at a hospital in St. Catharines Saturday, Hudak repeated his promise to eliminate the "bloated" bureaucracy he says is siphoning funds from patient care.
The Tories say they'll get rid of the 14 Local Health Integration Networks set up by the Liberals to co-ordinate regional health-care funding and services.
Hudak has made cutting 100,000 public-sector jobs a cornerstone of the Tory platform, part of his plan to eliminate the $12.5-billion deficit in two years.
The Liberals and NDP have warned such steep cuts would be economically destructive and put public safety at risk.
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