Ontario’s doctors condemn government move to shut down debate on flawed Bill 41
Ontario’s doctors are disappointed that this morning the Ontario government pushed its flawed Bill 41 through the Legislature by closing second reading debate early.
Ontario’s doctors condemn government move to shut down debate on flawed Bill 41
Ontario’s doctors are disappointed that this morning the Ontario government pushed its flawed Bill 41 through the Legislature by closing second reading debate early.
October 27, 2016

Toronto, ON, October 27, 2016 - Ontario’s doctors are disappointed that this morning the Ontario government pushed its flawed Bill 41 through the Legislature by closing second reading debate early. 

Bill 41 is flawed for a number of reasons:

  • It imposes radical changes on how primary care is delivered in Ontario, and is another example of government making unilateral changes to the health-care system without effectively collaborating with doctors.
  • At a time when Minister Eric Hoskins is talking about limiting health resources, Bill 41 proposes more expensive bureaucracy. 
  • While LHINs aggressively pursue local planning approaches, this bill provides sweeping powers for the Minister of Health and LHIN CEOs to impose decisions on local patient care, including potentially setting the table for the rationing of health-care services.
  • Ontario’s doctors don’t believe the Minister and LHIN CEOs should have the power to make unilateral decisions on patient care, and Ontario’s doctors believe that health resources must be focused on front-line care, not on redundant bureaucracy and administration.
      The government says it is committed to health-care transformation that will make the Ontario health system stronger and serve patients better, but the government is ignoring evidence from around the world that physician collaboration is critical for the success of such sweeping change. 

      Ontario's doctors are disappointed that the government continues to push forward with this flawed legislation. They must stop marginalizing the medical profession, and work constructively with doctors.

      As Bill 41 is sent to committee, Ontario’s doctors intend to appear to express our continued concern with this legislation.  We hope that the Committee will listen and act where the government has, thus far, refused to do so.

      Dr. Virginia M. Walley,
      President
      Ontario Medical Association

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