SEIU Healthcare’s letter to the Minister of Health

July 18, 2017

The Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
10th Floor, Hepburn Block
80 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, Ontario, M7A 2C4

Dear Minister Hoskins,

As you know, SEIU Healthcare represents nearly 60,000 caring, compassionate, and
professional health care workers from across the entire sector.

First-responders, specifically, paramedics, are among those we are proud to represent
in Ontario.

On June 29, 2017, Assistant Deputy Minister, Patricia Li, released a document
entitled, “Update on Transforming Ontario’s Emergency Health Services System.”

Page 8 of the document categorizes unions level of engagement as “inform.”

I have heard the concerns from our proud EMS professionals about the need to be
consulted and not simply informed.

We are asking that you direct the ministry to correct this oversight and ensure unions,
including SEIU Healthcare, are formally consulted as a significant partner in the
transformation of the EMS sector.

It’s critical to the system that the perspectives, experiences, and voices of front
line paramedics inform decisions that will affect how Ontario’s public health services
are delivered.


Sharleen Stewart
President, SEIU Healthcare

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