The Ontario government has released the results of its health cuts. It abolished 825 positions in 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and 6 provincial health agencies.
All of these agencies and the LHINs will be merged into a super agency called Ontario Health.
In addition to theLHINs , the government will bring together several organizations within Ontario Health, including Cancer Care Ontario, eHealth Ontario, Health Quality Ontario, Common Health Services Ontario, Trillium Network for the Gift of Life and HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency.
About half of the positions eliminated are currently vacant and could not be filled since the Ontario Premier ordered a hiring freeze in the public sector in June 2018.
The other half, 416 employees, will be laid off.
The government maintains that no front line job is affected by the LHIN reorganization.
The Ministry of Health estimates the projected savings at $ 250 million, which will be reinvested to improve patient care.
Since each of these organizations has their own back office and administrative backing, we are unnecessarily duplicating operations and spending the money we desperately need to pay for and improve direct patient care , “said the Minister of Health and Social Services. Long-Term Care, Christine Elliott, in a press release.
These organizations often work with different visions, following their separate work plans, and are not well coordinated around a unified vision for patient care.
The North East LHIN did not provide an interview.
All questions and inquiries regarding the Ontario government’s announcement today should be directed to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s media line , a spokesperson said.