Muskoka health care officials are reviewing their notes following a recent public meeting.

On Thursday, Members of the Capital Plan Development Task Force listened to questions and concerns from locals regarding the planning phase for Muskoka’s hospital sites.

The task force has been looking at three options for the future; the first option is keeping the two hospital sites, the second is moving to a single hospital site to service all of Muskoka. The third option would keep both sites, but designate inpatient and outpatient services at each location.

During the meeting, many residents voiced concerns about moving healthcare services from the two hospital sites into one. Over a dozen people made presentations citing concerns about travel times and negative effects of closing a hospital in either Bracebridge or Huntsville.

Task Force Chair Cameron Renwick says the next step is to make sure all questions are answered.

Renwick says the full report will be posted to the Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare website as well for public consumption. He says the most important point they want to make right now is no decisions have been made yet in the hospital site discussion.

Renwick says the task force will use the information to help make a final hospital site recommendation to the MAHC board.

With files from Taylor Ablett. 

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