Hospital meeting set for Oct. 31

Council agrees on meeting format

Kincardine’s Halloween health care meeting has finally taken shape, and council has agreed on the topics that will be discussed.

The meeting is Oct. 31, from 1-4 p.m. in the municipal administration centre. Last week, council agreed on a list of invited parties. Eight groups will be attending the meeting, including: a representative from both Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss council, a Local Health Integration Network representative, Huron-Bruce MPP Carol Mitchell, South Bruce Grey Health Centre CEO Paul Davies, the chair and a local representative of the SBGHC board, Kincardine’s physician group and the hospital foundation.

Council decided Sept. 17 that one representative from each party will give a 10-minute presentation during the first half of the meeting. A 10-minute break will follow the presentations. Mayor Larry Kraemer will chair the meeting.

Councillors want the parties to tailor their presentations to address Kincardine’s health care concerns. To accomplish this, council is including a list of questions with each party’s invitation. The questions include the topics council wants addressed.

Last week, councillors were asked to submit a list of questions they would like to have answered. Staff compiled these questions on one sheet and presented them at the Sept. 17 meeting.

The questions cover topics including: the SBGHC’s budget; the pros and cons of amalgamation for the Kincardine hospital; the long-term plans for Kincardine’s hospital; the need for better transparency and communication from the hospital board and the rationale behind the decision to cut physiotherapy.

Several councillors also expect a second meeting will be needed after Oct. 31. Council agreed to hold its own meeting following the healthcare forum to debate the issues and set up a second meeting if necessary. The forum’s agenda will also include discussions around the feasibility of holding a second meeting.