OPSEU asks ombudsman to investigate Grey Bruce Health Unit

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union has asked the Ontario ombudsman, Andre Marin, to investigate the Grey Bruce Health Unit’s operation and management.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit employees 107 program staff.

While front line staff are steadily declining, management positions have almost doubled from 18 to 35 positions.

The complaint followed the recent layoff of two tobacco youth advisor employees.

These cuts come at a time when the Hazel Lynn, Medical Officer of Health, has had her salary increased by $100,000, leading many to question the Health Unit’s sense of priority.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit has been the subject of controversy since its decision to consolidate operations in a new Owen Sound building dubbed by some as the “Taj Mahal by the water.”

The additional mortgage costs for the under-used building was roughly equal to the number of staff positions eliminated when the unit relocated.

During the H1N1 outbreak, local media questioned why residents from Walkerton and Southern Grey Bruce had to travel to Owen Sound to receive their vaccine. The Saugeen Times wrote in November: “Some would muse that this is another example of how the powers that be have become overwhelmed with the magnitude of the spiffy new Health Unit facility in Owen Sound and have become blinded to the reality of the mammoth size of Grey Bruce.”

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