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March 24, 2008
WSIB reduces access for the disabled
"A new Workplace Safety and Insurance Board policy reduces
accessibility to medical equipment and supplies."
Murdoch mad over WSIB policy Written by Jody Johnson
A new Workplace Safety and Insurance Board policy reduces
accessibility to medical equipment and supplies.
That according to Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
Conservative MPP Bill Murdoch, who says the new Labour minister needs to
give his head a shake after defending a controversial WSIB Policy.
A new WSIB purchasing policy requires injured workers to
travel out of their communities to purchase medical products and supplies.
As of March 3rd, all WSIB-approved health care equipment and
supplies have to be purchased from one of three preferred suppliers -- Medical
Mart, Motion Specialties and Shoppers Home Health Care.
Murdoch says none of these suppliers are available locally.
He says hundreds of independent operations have been shut
out under this new policy.
Murdoch says for people in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, the
closest stop for medical supplies and equipment is now Barrie.
He says this policy negatively impacts the residents in
rural and northern Ontario, but the minister sees its as a means of saving
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