Ontario Cutting Health Care Support Jobs

Wednesday June 19th, 2019

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Ontario is cutting jobs in the health care field in an effort to save money by launching the phased reorganization of the various agencies and Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) under the single roof of Ontario Health.

“With each of these agencies having their own administrative and back-office supports, we are needlessly duplicating operations and spending money that we desperately need to pay for and enhance direct patient care,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “These agencies often work toward separate visions, following their own distinct workplans, and are not well-coordinated around a unified vision for patient care.”

The first phase will see six health agencies and 14 LHINs reorganized and duplicative administrative positions cut. Those include positions in communications, planning, data analytics and financial services. None of the impacted positions provide direct patient care.

The government says these changes will have no negative impact on frontline care.

“We understand that our plan will impact individuals’ lives,” said Elliott. “That’s why we have asked agencies to responsibly avoid filling vacant positions and accept early retirements to minimize the impact of the reorganization into Ontario Health. We are eliminating duplicative administration, and redirecting those savings to direct patient care. We can all agree that funding frontline services instead of duplicated administration will do more good for Ontarians and is a far better use of health care dollars.”

The government expects to save approximately $250 million this year by eliminating duplicative administration, which is being reinvested in direct patient care.

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