Area residents are invited to an open discussion about the health-care system in Northwestern Ontario during a series of town hall-style meetings to be hosted by local MPP Sarah Campbell this Friday (Sept. 28).
NDP health critic France Gelinas, a passionate spokesperson for improved access to care in the north, also will be on hand.
“We want to hear what is being done correctly and areas where service delivery can be improved,” explained Campbell.
“Our goal is to use this feedback to bring positive ideas to the table to ensure that the system in our region is sustainable and meets the needs of patients,” she added.
Campbell stressed health care is an important issue, especially with Rainy River and Ear Falls facing potential closures, as well as many other people having voiced their frustrations with the current system.
“It’s no secret that systems which are designed to work in principle do not always live up to expectations, and the best way to ensure we meet our goals is to speak with those who interact directly with the system and rely on it to meet their needs,” she reasoned.
Campbell intends to use the feedback gathered to “push for changes that will help meet those expectations.”
She’s also pleased to have Gelinas as a special guest. The MPP for Nickel Belt is a trained and licensed physiotherapist and the former executive director of the Community Health Centre in Sudbury.
Under her leadership, the health centre expanded to many small and rural communities in the northeast.
“In short, she understands the system, and her knowledge and experience will be a great asset as we push for better health care in the north,” Campbell noted.
The first meeting will be held at the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau (old CN station) from 8-9 a.m.
The second will be held from 11 a.m.-noon at the Rainy River Legion while a third is slated from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Travelodge in Kenora.
The final meeting will be held from 7-8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Dryden.
Those who would like to participate, but are unable to attend, are encouraged to submit a letter outlining their concerns via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can mail it to Campbell’s constituency office at 58 Princess St., Dryden, Ont., P8N 1C7.