Ontario’s Ford Government Taking Next Steps to Integrate Health Care System

Ontario Premier Doug Ford

“In order to bring our world-class health care system into the 21st century, we need to get rid of the inefficiencies and back office duplication. This is how we are continuing to put patients first and ensure sustainability for future generations.”                   – Ontario Premier Doug Ford

News from Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his Conservative Government

Posted November 13th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Changes will Protect Uninterrupted Access to Patient Care

TORONTO — Ontario is taking the next steps in its plan to better integrate the province’s health care system to help end hallway health care.

On December 2, 2019, five provincial agencies will begin transferring into Ontario Health while the 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) have been clustered into five interim and transitional geographic regions.

The Hamilton, Niagara, Hadlimand, Brant LHIN (Local Health Integration Network), still outlined with thin black border lines on this map, is now being clustered with other LHINs to form an interim West region stretching west to Windsor and northward along the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. Map courtesy of Ontario government

This is an administrative step only and not a merger of the LHIN boundaries. Further, there will be no impact to patients’ access to home and community care or long-term care placement as Ontarians continue to receive the care they need from the care providers they have built relationships with at the 14 LHINs.

These changes are a means of streamlining the regional oversight as an interim measure as the government continues to work toward moving home and community care supports out of bureaucracy to integrate them with Ontario Health Teams.

“Our government has said from the beginning that we are working toward ending hallway health care,” said Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario. “In order to bring our world-class health care system into the 21st century, we need to get rid of the inefficiencies and back office duplication. This is how we are continuing to put patients first and ensure sustainability for future generations.”

As part of this next step to cluster the LHINs, the number of chief executive officer (CEO) positions has been reduced to five to ensure alignment and to eliminate duplication of roles and responsibilities. These five CEOs will now serve as interim regional leads and will be responsible for supporting the work required to transition LHIN functions into Ontario Health or to Ontario Health Teams, and to ensure that patient services continue uninterrupted. The money saved from this change will be redirected into frontline patient care.

“As we take the next steps to integrate Ontario’s health care system, continuity of patient care remains our top priority,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “This transfer will combine the knowledge, strength and expertise of many talented professionals under one roof as part of our plan to better coordinate and connect Ontario’s health care system to end hallway health care. We would like to acknowledge and thank the LHIN executive leadership for the ongoing professionalism, dedication and support as the government continues to modernize and strengthen Ontario’s health care system.”

“Ontario Health’s goal is to ensure Ontarians receive high-quality health care services where and when they need them,” said Bill Hatanaka, Ontario Health Board Chair. “On December 2, we bring the knowledge, skills and experience of this first wave of transferring organizations into Ontario Health and begin working with the five interim regional leads too. We are building our talent base to become one agency with one strategy and one set of priorities; applying the best of our collective expertise to all Ontario patients.”

Quick Facts

The five agencies transferring into Ontario Health are: Cancer Care Ontario; Health Quality Ontario; eHealth Ontario; Health Shared Services Ontario; and HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency.

The 14 LHINs have been clustered into five interim geographic regions and will be led by five transitional regional leads. The new appointees are: Bruce Lauckner (West), Scott McLeod (Central), Tess Romain (Toronto), Renato Discenza (East), and Rhonda Crocker Ellacott (North).

Trillium Gift of Life Network will transfer in at a later date to ensure there will be no disruption to patients and families involved with organ and tissue donation.

LHIN functions will eventually transition into Ontario Health or to local Ontario Health Teams over time based on a careful plan the ministry is developing with Ontario Health and LHINs.

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One response to “Ontario’s Ford Government Taking Next Steps to Integrate Health Care System

  1. Just did a little investigatory work, out of interest, on the new regional appointees –
    Bruce Lauckner – Raise from 2017 to 2018 to $374,382 plus benefits (3.9% … don’t we all hope for such a yearly raise). Experience in municipal government and financial services.
    Tess Romain – $143,365 (but in in 2016). Likely the most qualified and in busiest region….but a woman, LOL.
    Scott McLeod – $303,372 plus benefits in 2017. A 9.6% increase from 2016.
    Renato Discenza – $386,761 in 2017. Qualifications…an engineer, Sr executive for Bell, AT&T and Invest Toronto. Guess he needs the extra job to support himself.
    Rhonda Ellacott – $242,720 in 2014 and $346,000 in 2017.
    Average wage increases on the “Sunshine List” last year….4.7%. Nice. What increase does the average person make? Maybe 2% over 3 years.
    These stats come from the “Sunshine List” and their on line profiles so I apologize if I misinterpreted them.
    With salaries and increases like these we are bound to save money. This statement is known as sarcasm.

    Also, our health care system is no longer quite as “world class” as it previously was and is slipping on the graph of the best health care systems in the world. Ontario also has the fewest beds per capita in Canada.

    When I began nursing in the 70’s, so called CEO’s and Supervisors were few and actually worked! Now administrators don’t administrate. They sit in offices and if they encounter a problem they hire a consultant for big bucks. Isn’t it THEIR job to solve problems? Shouldn’t their education be pertinent to medical care to perform these tasks? They live on a different planet and walk around in suits…..if you see them at all! Someone in heels isn’t contributing to patient care. Half of their “titles” are bewildering, senseless and seem like make work jobs. I believe care in the “ye olden days” was better and more personal. Now many are dissatisfied with the care they receive and the conditions in which they receive it.

    There are now and always have been easy solutions to hallway medicine –
    #1 More hands on, front line staff.
    #2 – Available beds. (Many hospitals actually close entire floors to save on staff and other expenses so patients end up in hallways with no privacy and reduced safety.)


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