Ontario’s ombudsman will issue a special report today on a decision to close hospital emergency rooms, but the Opposition is already vowing to scrap the regional health agencies set up by the government to make such decisions.

Ombudsman Andre Marin began his investigation last year after complaints the Hamilton- Niagara-Haldimand-Brant Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) did not adequately consult residents before approving the plan to shut the emergency rooms in Fort Erie and Port Colborne.

Critics believe one emergency room closure may have played a part in the Boxing Day death of a teenager.