Greater Sudbury health-care workers are planning to picket in front of Rick Bartolucci's constituency office at 100 Elm St. Friday, to protest Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), contained in Bill 36, and to urge the MPP to delay passage of the controversial legislation.
The protest is scheduled to run from 4 to 5 pm.
Area workers are concerned that Bill 36 will open the door to increased privatization and for-profit health care, leading to diminished care for patients.
Bill 36, currently in its third reading in the Ontario legislature, "should be delayed and Ontarians should be consulted on developing a plan that enhances the public system," workers said in a press release.
They also said that despite hundreds of submissions from diverse groups telling the provincial government that Bill 36 is flawed, few meaningful amendments have been made to the legislation.
The government could opt to put Bill 36 to a vote any time in this session of the legislature, which ends March 2.