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11/10/2017 2:57:00 PM

The Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Unit and the Oxford County Public Health Unit have announced their intent to merge. The potential merger comes after the Province has said that the number of Health Units in Ontario needs to be reduced. Oxford County Warden David Mayberry brought the idea for a potential merger between the two Health Units forward.
Elgin St. Thomas Board of Health Chair Bernie Wiehle says he see a merger as a good thing.

       Wiehle says that the plan is to have the merger completed in the Spring of 2018. Wiehle said that he does not anticipate any changes to any of the services or programs that people utilize.
When asked about job security for current employees Wiehle was not quick to guarantee anything.

     Wiehle went on to say that there are a number of senior staff between the two boards retiring within the next couple of years. He says that he does not anticipate any layoffs in the short term as they are already short staffed given their current needs.
Details like a name and funding allocation within the proposed new Health Unit are all things that still need to be worked out.   
The current plan is to keep the Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Unit's building at the east end of Talbot Street.    

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