News Opinions being gathered following public meetings on hospital plans SHARE ON: Doug Crosse, staff Saturday Mar. 16th, 2019 The public had a chance to examine the plans for hospitals in Bracebridge and Huntsville recently. (MAHC Photo) After a week of public meetings, Muskoka Algonquin Health Care is gathering opinions. Detailed plans of the two hospital sites in Bracebridge and Huntsville were shown at a series of six meetings to get feedback on what options people preferred. An online survey and also collection of handwritten comments is providing information to MAHC on what the public’s feeling is toward the options. The working group, known as The Task Force, will review the feedback and compare it against the design guiding principles, costs, and affordability. From that will come a recommendation for a preferred building option for each hospital to the Board of Directors. Opinions are being accepted until March 24th – you can do the online survey by clicking here. The Task Force was also recently brought up to date about the Ford government’s recent announcement regarding health care and potential restructuring that could affect Muskoka. According to the Task Force, the Ministry’s direction to MAHC is, “to continue through the future planning work Stage 1 Proposal.” In recent days Doug Ford has hinted that the 14 area Local Health Integration Networks could be dismantled in favour of a newly created super agency system. That news could mean the end of the Simcoe Muskoka LHIN.