Possible Merger Of Health Units Raises Concerns

Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 08:39 AM

A thumbs down from a regional Health Officer on a recommendation to merge the Northwestern Health Unit and Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

Dr. Janet DemiIlle says the suggestion comes from an expert panel on public health in Ontario.

"If the Ministry choses to go ahead with this...this would really be a complicated and costly endeavor...it would take a lot of staffing resources to do these changes...mergers and realigning the boundaries."

The panel has suggested the province reduce the number of health units down from 36 to 14 as a cost-savings measure.