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Ontario Primary Care Council submits response to Patients First proposal

Ontario Primary Care Council Submits Response to Patients First proposal 

Dear Minister Hoskins,

On behalf of the member associations of the Ontario Primary Care Council (OPCC), we again congratulate you on Patients First: A proposal to strengthen patient-centred health care in Ontario.

OPCC has worked together over the past several weeks to develop advice on the following key areas in Patients First: A proposal to strengthen patient-centred health care in Ontario:

  • Ministry stewardship and LHIN mandate
  • Access to interprofessional health providers and access to teams
  • Embedding care co-ordination in primary care and the next steps to support implementation
  • The interface between primary care, mental health and addictions
  • Clinical leadership
  • Governance, performance and accountability
  • Critical enabler: data and information management

As leaders of primary care, we commit to working with you to implement a coherent plan. We want to partner and collaborate closely with the Ministry and the LHINs to deliberately develop a plan to strengthen primary care as the foundation of the system.

Thank you once again for the opportunity to provide our vision and recommendations. It is our hope that our feedback will inform the upcoming changes as they relate to primary care evolution. OPCC members look forward to continuing to work with you, the Ministry staff, LHINs, our memberships and other stakeholders to achieve the promise of the Patients First proposal.


Jessica Hill                                            Adrianna Tetley
Co-chair, OPCC                                    Co-chair, OPCC
CEO, OCFP                                            CEO, AOHC

OPCC Member Organizations:
Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario
Association of Ontario Health Centres
Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario
Ontario College of Family Physicians
Ontario Pharmacists Association
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario

Relevant Link:

Ontario Primary Care Council Response to Patients First proposal [PDF]– Mar. 24, 2016