Public health units in Guelph, Waterloo, Peel and Halton to be merged by province

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    Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health says they have been told by the Ontario Government that they will soon be merged with health units in Waterloo, Halton and Peel regions.Officials said they were notified by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care on Monday.READ MORE: Ontario budget proposes consolidating 35 public health units into 10 regional entitiesStory continues below

    Once the merger is completed, WDG Public Health said the new health unit will be the largest in the province.“Although the public health unit is going to be much bigger, key public health services will still continue to be delivered locally,” Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO for WDG Public Health, said in an email.A spokesperson for Health Minister Christine Elliott said the specific boundaries of the new regional health units will be finalized in consultation with municipalities.Working groups on the issue are expected to launch shortly, they stated.“We are in direct contact with all public health units to provide information about our modernization plan and to answer questions,” the spokesperson stated.WATCH: Ontario Budget 2019: PCs say it’s consolidating health agencies, networks Public health units in Guelph, Waterloo, Peel and Halton to be merged by provincehttps://globalnews.ca/news/5272335/merge-public-health-units-guelph-waterloo-peel/