STATEMENT BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OF THE NORTHERN DIABETES HEALTH NETWORK
On September 27, 2012, the Northern Diabetes Health Network (NDHN) was notified by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) that the Province of Ontario was terminating its funding agreements with the NDHN, effective November 30, 2012.
The MOHLTC directed that the NDHN take all appropriate action to terminate its agreements with service providers and host agencies, effective November 30, 2012. In accordance with this request, the NDHN issued sixty-day notices of termination to the many health care organizations that have hosted NDHN-supported programs and activities.
The Ministry has stated its commitment to providing ongoing support and the same level of funding that is currently provided to the organizations that NDHN funds, including the Diabetes Regional Coordination Programs in order to minimize disruption to those services.
The NDHN Board of Directors trusts that the MOHLTC has taken all of the necessary steps to ensure that the funding transition and programmatic realignment will be seamless and will not affect the services that Ontarians currently receive through NDHN-funded programs.
The Ministry has requested a wind-up plan leading to the NDHN’s eventual dissolution. The Board of Directors of the NDHN has established a Special Committee to develop this plan.
Although the Board of Directors accepts reluctantly the decision of the Ministry, the Board has relayed to the Ministry its sincere regret that the Province of Ontario is ending its financial support of the NDHN.
The NDHN has been actively involved in the planning and delivery of diabetes services across the Province of Ontario for almost twenty years and has developed and built significant expertise in diabetes system planning, programming and quality service delivery, particularly in relation to the high risk Aboriginal populations of Northern Ontario.
We are proud of the footprint that we have established over nearly twenty years in planning, implementing, supporting and evaluating diabetes services across Ontario and have earned a well-respected reputation in this field.
For further information, please contact: Sue Griffis, Chief Executive Officer, NDHN