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Wilson on LifeLabs: Don’t be fooled by temporary re-opening

(December 7, 2010) Jim Wilson is warning constituents not to be fooled by LifeLabs temporary re-opening of the Stayner medical laboratory.  The Simcoe-Grey MPP says that in a phone call on Friday, the government relations representative of LifeLabs confirmed that the company has no intention of returning services permanently to Stayner.

“The McGuinty Government has allowed this company to deliver a 100% cut to frontline health services in Clearview Township without any notice, consultation or regard for patients,” said Wilson.  “If LifeLabs won’t return the services to Stayner on a fulltime basis then I’ll be demanding that the government pull their license and find a company who understands our area and cares about my constituents.”

The Stayner lab will re-open temporarily beginning Monday, December 6 at its previous King Street location.  It will be operated 3 days a week (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  It is expected that the lab will close again at the end of February.

“This company has a monopoly on diagnostic testing and they rely on taxpayers to stay in business,” said Wilson.  “If they don’t care about the people who pay their bills, then it’s up to the McGuinty Government to show leadership and revoke their license and bring in someone who will do the job right.”

The former Health Minister says he is very concerned by the appearance that the McGuinty Government has lost control of the delivery of healthcare in Ontario.  Wilson says that every family should be concerned if local health decisions are being made out of corporate offices instead of by the democratically elected government responsible for healthcare.

In an effort to see who is making healthcare decisions, Wilson is using the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act to file a request with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for “a complete copy of all briefing notes, charts, tables, quotes, fact sheets, backgrounders, financial studies, reports, and any other notes contained within the files that concern medical laboratory services in Stayner, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and Alliston.”

The MPP is also seeking copies of all written and electronic correspondence between the Ministry and LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services regarding this issue.

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