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Hundreds of health-sector layoffs

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On Wednesday over 400 health-sector workers were laid off in Ontario as the Progressive Conservative government moves to merge 20 agencies into one.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliott’s spokesperson, 416 people in “back-office positions” will lose their jobs and another 409 currently vacant positions will be eliminated.

The province is consolidating 14 local health integration networks, Cancer Care Ontario, eHealth Ontario and other agencies into a new organization called Ontario Health.

The government projects the change will save $350 million per year by 2021-22, and a senior official said recently that $250 million will be saved this year.

Elliott says each agency having its own administrative and back-office support needlessly duplicates operations and takes money from patient care. -CINEWS

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