Information Meeting Over Lakeridge Takeover Planned
The Friends of the Ajax Pickering Hospital along with the Ajax/Pickering doctors are holding a public information meeting in regards to the takeover of the Ajax Pickering Hospital by the Lakeridge Health System. This takeover is contrary to the recommendations to the Ministry of Health by a special panel set up by the Ministry to study hospital services in Scarborough and Durham Region.
The meeting is set for 7 p.m., Tuesday June 21st at the Rotary Room in the Ajax Public Library.
Durham Hospital Corporation Axed By Minister. Scarborough Gets Its Corporation.
In a May 13, letter Health Minister Eric Hoskins effectively killed hopes for a new Durham Hospital Corporation while supporting plans for a Scarborough Corporation.
The RVHS’ Ajax Pickering site is to be ‘operated by Lakeridge Health’ Hoskins orders. The Durham governance framework ‘appropriately recognizes the addition of the Ajax Pickering site to Lakeridge Health’, the latter states.
The Scarborough hospitals are to get a ‘single new hospital corporation’.
An April 28 release from the Ministry of Health announced Dr. Eric Hoskins ‘supported the full recommendation from the final report of the Scarborough/Durham West Panel related to hospital governance…’. Further he is quoted as stating ‘our appointment of Mr. Mark Rochon as special adviser demonstrates our government’s commitment that we move ahead on the Panel’s recommendations’. The Panel report recommended the creation of a new Durham Health Corporation which would include the Ajax Pickering and Lakeridge Heath (section 5.1 page 29).
Hopes of local health providers and citizens for a partnership of equals in the Durham governing structure appears to be dashed by the Minister’s most recent fiat.
An information meeting is planned for the near future.
The Friends of Ajax/Pickering Hospital is a group of concerned citizens, doctors, nurses, other health care providers, business officials, and patients who support the continued presence of Ajax/Pickering Hospital as the major hospital to fully service all present and future health needs of rapidly growing West Durham region.
Walter Donaldson, chair, 5 Kirkham Drive, Ajax, Ontario L1S 5L1
All rights reserved. Prepared by citizen volunteers. 2016