Wednesday, 24 April, 2019

Health Minister calls NDP's statements 'outrageous' and 'fear mongering'

NDP says leaked documents show Ford government will privatize Ornge, other aspects of health care Ontario NDP releases leaked documents on PC plan to create health ‘super agency’
Celia Hoffman | 06 February, 2019, 22:26

Elliott said Horwath's interpretation of that section was incorrect, but she would not say what it is actually meant to do.

"It's a done deal, legislation is written, board members have been appointed, and Doug Ford already has cabinet approval", said Horwath, leader of the opposition.

"This scheme is an unprecedented opportunity for private, for-profit corporations to get their mitts on our health care system", she said.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said last Friday the government's transformation of health-care services will not include two-tier care.

Ontario's health minister said Monday the NDP "intentionally created confusion" about the PCs' plans for health care in Ontario.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the documents reveal that the Ford cabinet has already approved the health bill.

The OPP have been notified about the leaks.

A source tells Global News the government believes an Ontario public service employee's email was hacked and the information was "illegally obtained".

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Meanwhile the person responsible for leaking the documents to the NDP has been identified and fired.

The documents show that the Ford government is poised to privatize sections of the health-care system, including possibly public sector labs and air ambulance, the NDP says.

The draft legislation would allow the government to roll local health integration networks, Cancer Care Ontario, eHealth Ontario, the Trillium Gift of Life Network and other government health agencies into the super agency.

The NDP has released a second set of leaked documents that it claims shows the Ford government is planning to privatize aspects of health care in Ontario, including inspections, laboratories, licencing, devices, and Ornge.

"People will pay for their health-care services through OHIP", Elliott said.

The "super agency" would be in charge of managing health service needs across Ontario, health system operational management and co-ordination, quality improvement, knowledge dissemination, patient relations, digital health and activities relating to tissue donation and transplants. It's not clear if for-profit and private entities will win contracts to form MyCare Groups; but it's clear that MyCare groups will be given the power to contract out frontline health care to private, for-profit entities.

Elliott would still not rule out further private delivery of services within the public system - which now exists, such as companies that do diagnostic testing - but said that wasn't the focus of the health-care transformation.

Frontline care will be managed by 30 to 50 MyCare Groups, formed through a bid system with "Expression of Interest" due in March.

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