Ontario keeps commitment to support new national Health Council; seeks representatives

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Ontario keeps commitment to support new national Health Council; seeks representatives

Ministry of Health

TORONTO, Nov. 14 - In keeping with one of its core commitments, the McGuinty government is seeking potential candidates to be representatives on the new national Health Council, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced today. "Today we are keeping our commitment to support the national Health Council to foster greater public accountability in our health care system," said Smitherman. "We are looking for community leaders, healthcare experts, doctors, nurses and all who care strongly about our healthcare system to step forward and help strengthen healthcare in Canada. We need informed, passionate people to offer their challenging and diverse views." Premier Dalton McGuinty reiterated support for the national Health Council and a spirit of close cooperation between the provincial and federal government at last month's meeting of the Premiers in Quebec City. "In our firm commitment to the principles of Medicare, we want the public's input in this open consultative council," Smitherman said. The new council, a key part of the February 2003 First Ministers' Accord on Health Care Renewal, will monitor and make annual reports on the progress of the accord. It will have 27 members, including a chair, 13 expert and public representatives, and 13 government representatives. The council will publicly report through the federal/provincial/territorial ministers of health. Participating jurisdictions can recommend up to four potential candidates as either expert or public representatives. Those interested can find more information on the ministry's website at http://www.health.gov.on.ca or by phoning INFOLINE at 1-888-668-4636 (TTY is 1-800-387-5559). The deadline for the submission of names is November 24. This news release is available on our website at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca Version fran├žaise disponibleFor further information: Members of the media: Tanya Cholakov, (416) 314-6197, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; Members of the general public: (416) 327-4327, or (800) 268-1154