Health care needs money

The Sudbury Star - - OPINION -

As a for­mer res­i­dent con­cerned with the health care needs of the North, I read the guest col­umn writ­ten by the head of the North­east­ern On­tario Lo­cal Health In­te­gra­tion Net­work with a mix­ture of dis­be­lief, frus­tra­tion and de­spair.

I am sure that the pa­tients stacked up in emer­gency rooms across the North, the hun­dreds wait­ing for long-term-care beds, the par­ents forced onto win­ter roads to take their kids south for di­ag­nos­tic and care op­tions not avail­able in the north­east must take great com­fort in learn­ing the LINH has up­dated its vi­sion and mis­sion state­ment, and has de­cided that peo­ple are its num­ber 1 value.

It is past time to di­rect our health care dol­lars away from the bu­reau­cracy to the front lines where the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als are so des­per­ately short of the re­sources they need to serve the pub­lic. J.C. Henry Mis­sis­sauga

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