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

NDP says leaked documents show Ford government will privatize Ornge, other aspects of health care

A memo went out to the entire Ontario Public Service Monday reminding bureaucrats about the need to protect confidential government information, and letting them know that a civil servant believed to be the source of the leaks was no longer employed.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the documents reveal that the Ford cabinet has already approved the health bill, but Health Minister Christine Elliott vehemently denied that, saying the documents are preliminary drafts and that there are no plans to privatize the aforementioned services.

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.

The documents follow last week's draft legislation, also leaked by the NDP, showing the Doug Ford government wants to create a "super agency".

The Ford government is asking the OPP to investigate the massive leak of government documents to the NDP.

The NDP said in a January 31 news release that they had obtained a health care privatization bill that indicated Doug Ford is revving up for serious cuts and privatization in Ontario's health care system. It was a draft piece of legislation outlining how the government plans to overhaul the administration of Ontario's health-care system.

The documents, which have been dated December 13, January 17 and January 22, have not been verified and the NDP will not say how they were obtained.

"This scheme is an unprecedented opportunity for private, for-profit corporations to get their mitts on our health care system", she said. Among that Super Agency's guiding principles is to "partner with public and private sector entities" when it comes to patient experience and health outcomes.

"We will not be privatizing any of the services referenced today by Andra Horwath".

The super agency would then be responsible for everything from health care planning and delivery to labour relations, procurement and financial management.

The documents mention an expression of interest for the MyCare groups going out in March, which the NDP are interpreting as allowing the contracting out of front-line health care to private, for-profit entities.

"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.

Interim Liberal leader John Fraser warned about the consequences of a centralized system, though he said he wasn't there to defend the local health integration networks, created by the Liberals.

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