Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Health benchmarks only a tool, says MPP
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 30 Jun 2006, p. 6

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Health benchmarks only a tool, says MPP

Dear editor, It is nice to see that despite all his duties, our very busy Health Minister George Smitherman has the time to scour the pages of The Georgetown Independent & Free Press each week (re: June 21 letter, Ontario health minister rebuts MPP's column). It's also nice to see him and the McGuinty Liberals finally warming up to the idea of public benchmarks for health services, which I recall quite clearly, PC leader John Tory was championing more than two years ago. I strongly support establishing benchmarks for various health services because timely access is a fundamental measure of the quality of service. We have to first measure the health service in order to properly manage it. Then we need a history of benchmark information to determine if we are getting better or worse at providing services. However, the benchmark itself is only a tool. These benchmarks clearly show there are a lot of Ontarians getting their health care services well outside of the acceptable time frame. So I ask-- what is the health minister going to do now? Ted Chudleigh, MPP Halton

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Health benchmarks only a tool, says MPP