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

"This is shameful and it's beneath the legislature and it's beneath her", continued Elliott.

However cabinet documents, signed by both Elliott and given Royal Assent by Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Dowdswell, detail payment plans when permanent board members for the super agency are named including a $350 per diem for the chair.

Elliott has said her transformation of the health-care system isn't final yet, but will not include two-tier care - assurances she made after the NDP released a leaked draft version of the legislation last week.

Elliott has been trying to pour cold water on the idea of health privatization since last week's release of the draft legislation, but Horwath said Monday that the new documents show there will indeed be a greater role for the private sector.

The public servant believed to have leaked draft health-care legislation to the NDP is no longer employed, a memo to the Ontario Public Service says.

High ranking officials received confidential information of the Doug Ford government's planned changes to Ontario's health-care system, Horwath said. "But the entire Ford government has been hiding this plan from the public. Why?"

A new structure for health care in Ontario is laid out in a January 22 briefing document.

Scrubs actor Sam Lloyd 'diagnosed with cancer'
So many of those friends have reached out, wanting to know how they can help support him and his family during this hard time". Kate Micucci, who played the character Stephanie Gooch for six episodes in the show also said: "My pal Sam is fighting cancer".

The documents suggest the government is looking at private sector providers of public health labs and the air ambulance system, Ornge, but Elliott told a media conference that she has no intention of privatizing these health services.

Sweeping changes to Ontario's health care system could be on the horizon, as the NDP say premier Doug Ford's plan for health care privatization is a done deal.

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.

"We will not be privatizing any of the services referenced today by Andrea Horwath", Elliott said.

Another document lists risks in the plan, including "service disruption and capacity to manage and oversee (local health integration network) functions during transition period", as well as potential labour disruption with unionized care co-ordinators at the networks.

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 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.


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