Say goodbye to Niagara Public Health? Co-chair of Health committee expresses frustration

It looks like public health in Niagara will be merged with three other units as the Ford government looks at slashing the number of health units in the province from 32 to 10.

It's believed public health units in Niagara, Hamilton, and Haldimand-Norfolk will likely be amalgamated in the future.

Co-Chair of the Region’s Public Health and Social Services Committee Pat Chiocchio is expressing frustration saying they have few details.

He says Niagara Public Health provides an excellent service, and he's not quite sure what we will be left with once we are merged with other units.

Chiocchio says it will lead to a disruption in service and the process should be slowed down.

Two weeks ago, Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley told CKTB he was concerned over cuts to public health from the Ontario government.

Bradley says while they still haven't been officially notified about funding cuts, they are under the impression that funding will be cut by 15 percent almost immediately.

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