Kanata-Carleton MPP Merrilee Fullerton: “It’s an honour to serve.”Published on June 21, 2019
The Kanata-Carleton MPP is named Ontario Minister of Long-Term Care
Kanata-Carleton MPP Merrilee Fullerton is named Ontario Minister of Long-Term Care for the newly formed health ministry responsible for overseeing health care services for seniors. This is most welcomed news for the local MPP as, prior to being elected in 2018, the provincial representative was a family physician serving in the community for 26 years.
“It is an honour to serve,” says Merrilee Fullerton. “I was honoured to be elected in my home of Kanata-Carleton a little over a year ago. I am very pleased the Premier asked me to serve in the field of health care. I look forward to helping make our health care system better for Ontario seniors -- those who are most in need of health services.”
The MPP’s biography provides these details: Having graduated from University of Ottawa Medical School, Merrilee practiced locally, first serving out of the Carleton Place Hospital and then as a family physician at Med-Team Clinic in Kanata. Dr. Fullerton has been very active in professional medical associations and local health care organizations, including advisory roles with both the Ontario Medical Association and Canadian Medical Association, and membership in the City of Ottawa Board of Health and the local LHIN serving Ottawa and area. She is a constant advocate for better universal health care services, particularly long-term care services.
Dr. Fullerton says, “Long-term care is something I am most passionate about. It has always been a priority of mine, through my professional health career and also when I entered public life. I have always spoken out for a universal health care system that provides more care for more people, not rationed care across the population.”
“The previous government’s legacy is one of over-crowded hospitals, cuts to front line care, and a huge increase of middle management. Its mismanagement has led to hospital gridlock, emergency room over-crowding, and excessive wait times for many procedures and surgeries.
And because of this mismanagement, the Province is left ill-prepared to manage Ontarians’ long-term care needs and seniors’ services, especially for dementia care, “and the MPP adds, “This is the challenge before us.”
“Accessible long-term care has the far-reaching potential to improve the lives of patients and their families, and to improve the functioning of our health care system as a whole,” and MPP Fullerton notes, “During the last election I was most concerned about the lack of accessible long-term care and home care services and now I am thankful to have an opportunity to help to improve access to the health care system we depend on.”
Kanata-Carleton MPP Merrilee Fullerton was first elected in 2018. Before the Premier’s announcement yesterday, naming her Minister for Long-Term Care, she served the Ontario Government as Minister for Training, Colleges and Universities.
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