Invitation to give your input at public hearings into reforming & revitalizing our public hospital services

Organizations and individuals are invited to attend and submit oral or written submissions on reforming Ontario’s hospitals in the public interest.

We are holding public hearings across Ontario to gather input which will be used to help create a report and
recommendations to be released across the province in the fall. We will use the recommendations from the
hearings to advocate for improvements in public hospital care and funding. Leading into next spring’s provincial
election, we will measure the political parties’ health care plans against our recommendations, based on your input.

We are seeking written or oral submissions. Submissions can be formal, such as a formal written brief or oral
presentation; or informal, such as a letter or just a few key points that you present in person at your local hearing.
All are welcome to give input, attend the hearings and participate. We would like to be as inclusive as possible.

Hearing dates & locations

Windsor Thursday, June 15, 3 7 p.m. Central Public Library, 850 Ouellette Ave.

London Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Central Public Library, Stevenson-Hunt Rm., 251 Dundas St.

Ottawa Monday, June 19, 3:30 7:30 p.m. PSAC Building, 233 Gilmour St.

Niagara Wednesday, June 21, 4 7:30 p.m. Thorold Public Library, 14 Ormond St. N., Thorold.

Chatham Thursday, June 22, 3 5 p.m. WISH Centre, 177 King St. E.

Wallaceburg Thursday, June 22, 6 8 p.m. Royal Canadian Legion, 52 Margaret Ave.

Hamilton Monday, June 26, 6:30 8:30 p.m. Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main St. W.

Ingersoll/Oxford County Monday, June 26, 3 7:30 p.m. Royal Canadian Legion, 211 Thames St. N., Ingersoll.

Durham/Ajax Tuesday, June 27, 6 9 p.m. Ajax Community Centre, North Hall, 75 Centennial Rd., Ajax.

Thunder Bay Tuesday, June 20, 3 7 p.m. Oliver Road Recreation Centre, 563 Oliver Rd.

Toronto/Scarborough Tues. June 20, 2:304:30 p.m. Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens Organizations office, 333
Wilson Ave. Suite 406 (near Bathurst ); 6:308:30 p.m. Scarborough Civic Centre, Cmtee. Rm 1, 150 Borough Dr.

Deadlines for submissions

To book a space for an oral presentation at the hearing nearest you, please contact us at ohc@sympatico.ca or
416-441-2502. The deadlines to book a space to make an oral presentation at your local hearing are as follows:

Windsor and London- Friday June 9; Ottawa Wednesday June 14, Niagara, Chatham and Wallaceburg Friday
June 16, Hamilton, Ingersoll/Oxford County, Durham/Ajax, Thunder Bay and Toronto Wednesday June 21.

The deadline for written submissions is: Friday, June 30, 2017.

Guidelines for submissions

We are seeking written or oral submissions. Submissions can be formal, such as a formal written brief or oral
presentation; or informal, such as a letter or just a few key points that you present in person at your local hearing.
All are welcome to give input, attend the hearings and participate. We would like to be as inclusive as possible.

The points below are some suggestions to help as you think about giving us your input. You need not address all
the points we have raised here. We hope that you will focus on those that impact you, your family and your community, or those with whom you work.

We would like to hear your ideas about:

  • Positive practices, experiences and observations about hospital care, planning, governance, management and/or organization.
  • Improving planning and access to care.
    • How can access to care be improved?
      . This might include: What services are needed in our communities? Are there gaps in
      services that you have experienced or observed? What needed public hospital services have been cut? Have you tried to access care and had problems?
    • What are the particular issues of concern regarding hospital planning in your area? How can planning processes be improved?
      . This might include: Does you hospital plan to meet the needs of your community? Is there a
      plan to meet needs as the community grows and ages, for example? Is there meaningful public input into planning for hospital services in your area?
  • Properly funding Ontario’s hospitals.
    • Are current approaches to funding working to provide the services that our communities need?
    • What are your ideas to ensure that funding goes to care and needed support services in our hospitals?
  • Improving quality of care.
    • Are the current systems to measure and track care and outcomes working to improve care levels and quality in your community?
    • What are your ideas to improve quality and appropriateness of care?
  • Improving public ownership and democratic control.
    • How can hospital boards and governance systems be improved to be more democratic, representative and accountable?
    • Have you tried to access information from your hospital and how can public access to information be improved?
    • How has privatization of hospital services impacted your community?
    • Re-integrating care: Are there services that have been cut or offloaded from hospitals that should be restored to improve care and restore public ownership?
  • Ensuring hospitals best serve the diverse needs of our communities.
    • We are interested in hearing your experiences and your ideas about how public hospital care can be more inclusive and equitable.
    • Are there specific and unique needs in rural and northern communities that we should address?
  • Other public interest issues.

Ontario Health Coalition Mission & Mandate

Our primary goal is to protect and improve our public health care system. We are a non-partisan public interest
activist coalition and network. To this end, we empower the members of our constituent organizations to become
actively engaged in the making of public policy on matters related to our public health care system and healthy
communities. We seek to provide to member organizations and the broader public ongoing information about our
health care system and its programs and services, and to protect our public health system from threats such as
cuts, delisting and privatization. Through public education and support for public debate, we contribute to the
maintenance and extension of a system of checks and balances that is essential to good decision-making. We are
an extremely collaborative organization, actively working with others to share resources and information. We are
led by our shared commitment to core values of equality, democracy, social inclusion and social justice; and by the
five principles of the Canada Health Act: universality; comprehensiveness; portability; accessibility and public administration.