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Changes May Be Coming To Ontario Public Health Units

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A Northern Ontario mayor says the trouble that a northern health unit got into last year could have ramifications for health units province-wide.
Algoma Public Health came under the microscope when improprieties at the agency forced the minister of health to order a review.
That review now has a consultant suggesting that the health units board of directors have certain skill sets.
But the mayor of Elliot Lake, Dan Marchisella opposes this.
Currently city councils appoint the directors and Marchisella says thats to ensure municipal representation.
He says if the minister adopts the skill set recommendation, it puts other health units on dangerous ground for the mistakes of one agency.

Marchisella says if a health unit needs specialists like an accountant or lawyer, then it should hire them but these people should not be directors.
The Renfrew County Board of Health currently has 10 members, six of which are municipal politicians.

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