Doug Ford's plan to merge paramedic services shocks Hamilton officials - 2019-04-17
The news comes as cities try to digest a parallel government plan to amalgamate public health units and create regional boards of health across Ontario by 2021. That comes alongside a pending $200-million budget cut across the province.
But Johnson noted that the health unit change, while also "concerning," was at least specifically mentioned in the provincial budget.
The plans to overhaul local ambulance services, by contrast, "seems fairly contrary to the message we were getting in the budget lock-up," he said. The budget appeared to characterize planned paramedic service changes as limited to ambulance dispatch regionalization, he said.
In a written update to Hamilton councillors, Johnson added he was "most frustrated by the complete lack of any supporting documentation" associated with either wide-ranging amalgamation plan.