From the OPSEU blog at http://wp.me/pLpCD-7q
opseudiablogue | August 18, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Categories: Health System | URL: http://wp.me/pLpCD-7q
There is no question the Ontario government spent much political capital framing the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) as local decision-making bodies that would be informed by local needs and priorities, made in and by the community.
Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin’s report “The LHIN Spin” makes clear that the legislative underpinnings never supported that rhetoric.
One of the central problems is that the obligation to consult the public is very weakly defined in the Local Health System Integration Act (LHSIA).
The Act does suggest ways in which consultation can take place, but there is no minimum established.