The Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit to be split up
Doug Ford's Conservative government has announced another cog in their plans to restructure health care in Ontario.
In April 2020, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit will be split up as the province cuts the number of public health units to 10 from 35.
Simcoe County will be merged with York Region, and Muskoka will form part of a new agency with a number of northern Ontario communities including North Bay and Sudbury.
Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman has concerns. Not only is he worried that local programs might not get the attention they deserve, but municipalities might be forced to choose between funding programs that are important to them, or risk losing them altogether.
The District Health Units are responsible for trying to prevent injury, disease and illness - through things like mosquito testing, opioid management, education programs for new parents, nutrition programs, water quality testing and more.