Ontario announces nominees for new National Health Council

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Ontario announces nominees for new National Health Council

Ministry of Health

TORONTO, Dec. 3 - The McGuinty government is keeping its commitment to greater accountability in our health care system by nominating four Ontario representatives for the new National Health Council, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced today. "Our government strongly supports the new National Health Council's mandate to foster greater public accountability in our health care system," said Smitherman. "We have nominated four well-respected, dynamic individuals who, as passionate defenders of medicare, will contribute strong and diverse views." Ontario has nominated: - Michelle de Courville Nicol, a passionate advocate for francophone health services who is past chair and current member of the Board of Directors at Montfort Hospital in Ottawa. - Doris R. Grinspun, a recognized leader in the nursing profession and an outspoken advocate for medicare, she is currently the Executive Director of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. - Chief Roberta Jamieson, Chief of Six Nations of the Grand River, first woman Ombudsman of Ontario. - Robert McMurtry, Professor of Surgery at the University of Western Ontario and Orthopedic Consultant at St. Joseph's Health Centre in London. Former special advisor to the Romanow Commission. Ontario is committed to close cooperation between the provincial and federal governments. 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. The Council will have a chair, expert and public representatives, and government representatives. The Council will publicly report through the federal/provincial/territorial Ministers of Health. Participating jurisdictions were able to recommend up to four potential candidates as expert and public representatives to the Council. Successful candidates for the National Health Council will be selected in December. This news release is available on our website at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca Version fran├žaise disponible Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care ONTARIO NOMINATIONS FOR NEW NATIONAL HEALTH COUNCIL The new National Health Council is a key part of the February 2003 First Ministers' Accord on Health Care Renewal. It will monitor and make annual reports on the progress of the Accord. The Council will have a chair, expert and public representatives, and government representatives. The Council will publicly report through the federal/provincial/territorial Ministers of Health. Participating jurisdictions were able to recommend up to four potential candidates as expert and public representatives to the Council. Ministers of Health will then come together to choose 13 expert and public representatives from this pool of nominees for the National Health Council. Ontario has nominated: Michelle de Courville Nicol, BA., Vice president of Noracom International, and Noracom Consultants. She is a passionate advocate for francophone health services and is past chair and current member of the Board of Directors at Montfort Hospital in Ottawa. Doris R. Grinspun, RN, MSN, a recognized leader in the nursing profession and an outspoken advocate for medicare, she is currently the Executive Director of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. Ms. Grinspun is a health care provider who has worked with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care on health human resources and other health related issues. Chief Roberta Jamieson, LL.B., LL.D., C.M., Chief of Six Nations of the Grand River. She was the first woman Ombudsman of Ontario, as well as the first Native woman in Canada to earn a Bachelor of Laws degree. Robert McMurtry, MD., F.R.C.S.C., F.A.C.S., G.D.W., Professor of Surgery at the University of Western Ontario and Orthopedic Consultant at St. Joseph's Health Centre in London. He was former special advisor to the Romanow Commission. Candidates would receive a per diem, compensation for related expenses and be expected to participate on a part-time basis for two years.For further information: Members of the media: Ted Haugen, (416) 327-4322, John Letherby, (416) 314-6197, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; Members of the general public: (416) 327-4327, or (800) 268-1154