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Province cutting hundreds of administrative jobs at health agencies, LHINs

Province cutting hundreds of administrative jobs at health agencies, LHINs”

From 30 to 50 Ontario Health Teams are to be introduced to co-ordinate services such as primary and hospital care, rehabilitative care, home-care and long-term care, among others.

That's on top of another 19 "back-office" roles that are now vacant and also be eliminated, according to a spokesperson for health minister Christine Elliott.

More than 400 health-sector workers are being laid off in Ontario as the Progressive Conservative government moves to merge 20 agencies into one.

The local job losses are part of province-wide cut that will cut 825 positions, including 416 "back-office" jobs and 409 positions that are now unfilled, says Kann.

"None of the impacted positions provide direct patient care", stated Travis Kann in an email to CBC News.

Positions that were eliminated were in communications, human resources, planning, data analytics and financial services.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday morning, Elliot said that the layoffs are estimated to lead to savings in the amount of about $ 250 million, which is equivalent to the amount required annually to Fund the maintenance of 700 hospital beds and more than 6,500 beds long-term care.

Each of the agencies and each LHIN has submitted comprehensive plans which will help to ensure the eventual smooth transition into Ontario Health and to protect and maintain the delivery of patient care.

In a statement, Elliott said the various agencies were "needlessly duplicating operations and spending money that we desperately need to pay for and enhance direct patient care".

"These institutions often implement their own ideas in accordance with various operating plans, they have no single, coordinated the concept of providing medical services to patients".

The Erie St-Clair LHIN covers health care in Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent, and Sarnia-Lambton.

Elliott said up to ten will be approved in the fall. "That's why we have asked agencies to responsibly avoid filling vacant positions and accept early retirements to minimise the impact of the reorganisation into Ontario Health. 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". More than 150 groups, including one from Sudbury, have already applied to become Ontario Health teams.

In a statement from the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on Tuesday, the province said the latest health care changes will "save $350 million a year by 2021".

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