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Toronto Board of Health to discuss budget healthcare cuts in special meeting

Last Updated Apr 15, 2019 at 9:08 am EDT

Toronto’s Board of Health will convene a special meeting on Monday to discuss the provincial government’s cuts to Public Health announced in Thursday’s budget.

The chair of the board, Spadina-Fort York councillor Joe Cressy, called the meeting to address cuts he calls “deeply concerning” and “dangerous.”

In a release, Cressy points out that the budget proposes to consolidate 35 public health units across the province to just 10. Overall funding for the health units will be reduced by $200 million. Cressy says local health units carry out important functions including monitoring water quality, regulating food safety, conducting vaccination programs and controlling infectious diseases.

The Toronto Public Health Unit, in particular, has also been tracking the opioid crisis.

Cressy added that the budget indicates a change in the provincial-municipal funding formula for public health programs, but does not give any additional details about the proposed changes. Currently, the programs are 75 per cent funded by the province, with municipalities pitching in the remaining 25 per cent.

The meeting will take place at 1 p.m. in council chambers on Monday.

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God for bid anyone’s I’d get ever gets cut!! All these agencies are too used to always getting all the money that they want. There’s no endless money pit! No one wants to get cuts but that’s the way life is. No one can keep spending a lot more money than they make. It eventually leads to bankruptcy!! That’s a life skill that many of us learned when we were kids. If you don’t understand it, then you have no business being in a business or government agency.

April 14, 2019 at 6:37 pm

A lot of the hospitals are affected by an influx of more people than they can handle in a short amount of time. Just like our infrastructures did not keep up with the demand of people using them. Reasonable time access to health care will lengthen and most likely there will be deaths and longer recovery times. The budget cuts will not fix this issue only reduce the costs of running it. Most will support this until one of their family members suffers the consequences. Stay healthy folks, you’re going to need it.

April 15, 2019 at 10:00 am