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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Huron, Perth Health Unit Amalgation Aims For Zero Job Losses

Huron-Perth | by Peter Jackson  
Huron Health Board Chair Tyler Hessel says service will be enhanced through merger

The Chair of the Huron County Board of Health says more efficient service delivery with no job losses is at the core of amalgamation plans with the Perth District Health Unit.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care last week gave the official thumbs-up to the proposed merger, with $1.6 million to fund the transition.

Tyler Hessel tells Country 104.9 News that the province issues new and more stringent guidelines each year, and that better service to both Counties is the goal of the merger.

He believes that amalgamation is the best way to utilize the strength of public health staff and policies in both Huron and Perth, in response to the ramped up guidelines.

Hessel points to the struggle faced my many Health Units in smaller communities across Ontario, who try to balance existing service levels with enhanced service delivery.

He says Huron and Perth are moving in the right direction with the merger.

Hessel mentions that even if the province had not approved the proposal, that a way would have been found to merge the two Health Units anyway.

A transition team has started working on the amalgamation that Hessel says will take effect in 2020.


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