NDP claims more documents on PCs' health 'super agency' plan

06 Février, 2019, 22:24 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • The NDP has released documents they say appear to be government presentations and include references to cabinet approving the plan and appointing board members

"I have every confidence in the professionalism of the Ontario Public Service as we work to support the government in the delivery of its agenda".

The Ontario NDP have released more leaked documents that they say show a PC plan to create a health "super agency" where front line health care could be contracted out to private, for-profit companies.

The Ford government indicated that the document obtained by the NDP was merely a draft legislation, but in a news release sent out by the NDP on February 4, the party stated that it has obtained internal government documents that detail a finished plan that already has cabinet approval.

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

Ontario's health minister was forced to make assurances Monday that long-term care inspections and the province's air ambulance service will not be privatized, as leaked documents appear to peg those services for "outsourcing".

A new structure for health care in Ontario is laid out in a January 22 briefing document. The local health networks are responsible for delivering home care, and one document warns of a risk of service disruptions.

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

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New documents obtained and released by the Ontario NDP on the Progressive Conservative's plan to reform the province's health-care system indicates that the creation of a "super agency" is final.

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.

"We will not be privatizing any of the services referenced today by Andra Horwath. That super agency will quote 'partner with public and private sector entities'". They also show a new model of "integrated care delivery" is being created, called MyCare groups, meant to "provide patients with seamless, co-ordinated care and a single team of providers for all their care needs".

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

Elliott accused Horwath of needlessly spreading fear and playing politics with the health-care system.

"The Wynne Liberals left our world-class health care system hanging by a thread".

"It's a huge budget with $61 billion being spent, but study after study has indicated that we're not getting the best value for those health-care dollars", she said.

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