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Statements by MPP Dave Smith are not factual: chair of board of Peterborough Public Health

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07.06.2019

To the editor:

Re: “MPP Dave Smith calls Peterborough health unit proposal a ‘takeover’ attempt” by Taylor Clysdale, June 4, 2019

This letter from the Board of Peterborough Public Health is in response to the recent article cited above. Its content has the support of all members of the Board of Peterborough Public Health.

The Board of Peterborough Public Health believes that the statements made by MPP Smith are not factual, do not reflect the Board of Health’s actions to date and inappropriately ascribe motive to the actions of the Medical Officer of Health, who is simply carrying out the instructions of the Board.

The Province’s plan for restructuring health units and downloading costs to municipal and First Nation partners was announced with limited details and without any prior consultation with those to be affected. In response to widespread opposition from across the Province, the government has since agreed to limited consultation, however with a stipulation that discussions are to be confidential and their content not to be shared with the public.

In response to Provincial actions, the Board of Health has advocated the following position:

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