On December 10, Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care appointed former Progressive Conservative deputy leader and Whitby-Oshawa MPP Christine Elliott to the post of provincial Patient Ombudsman. As part of her duties in the new role, Elliott will oversee hospitals, community care access centres (CCACs), and long-term care homes to ensure that the health care system continues to centre patients.
Creating a continuum of well-coordinated, person-first care throughout Ontario’s health care system remains one of CARP’s first and foremost priorities. We’re pleased to see that the Government of Ontario is prioritizing the needs of patients, and working to meaningfully change the way patients interact with the health care system. Throughout her time as opposition health critic and as a longtime advocate on behalf of Ontario’s patients, Elliot has proven herself a valuable participant in efforts to ensure consistently high standards of care. We look forward to partnering with Elliott to make the voices of older Ontarians heard.