MAHC Says A Decision on Healthcare Model is Coming Soon
A recommendation on the future of Muskoka’s hospitals should be forthcoming in the near future.
That was the word from a group representing Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) when they attended the Bracebridge General Committee meeting on Tuesday morning.
A MAHC task force is currently considering several different health care models. One of those is two acute care sites - similar to the current system but with some services added to each site and others removed. Another is to locate all services at a single site. That option has been the cause of some anxiety and opposition in Bracebridge and Huntsville particularly.
The delegation was again reminded by Bracebridge councilors that a single site recommendation will not be met favourably by councilors or the population of Bracebridge.
Cameron Renwick, the chair of the Capital Plan Development Task Force, said they were getting that message loud and clear. In fact, he said they approached the province and requested they be allowed to drop the investigation into a single site hospital altogether.
He said they were told by the province that all options needed to be on the table and they should continue their research into the single site option.
The delegation told council that status quo is simply not an option. They pointed to existing issues ranging from the size of the rooms and lack of storage space, to equipment shortages and accessibility concerns.
The task force representatives said they expect to have a recommendation for the MAHC board in the next couple of months. However, they couldn’t confirm whether that recommendation will be made public information before the MAHC board makes the final decision on what the new Muskoka health care model will look like.