McGuinty government halts awarding of home care contract



    Minister expresses concern for loss of continuity of patient care

    TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - In keeping with a government promise to ensure
that Ontarians receiving home care services get the highest quality services
possible, the McGuinty government today announced it is stopping the awarding
of the home care services contract in Hamilton and surrounding areas.
    "I will not stand by while dedicated providers and vulnerable patients
are left with a feeling of uncertainty," said George Smitherman, Deputy
Premier and Minister of Health and Long Term Care. "We have advised the
Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Community Care Access Centre not to award the
contract."
    This decision will halt the bidding process in Hamilton, the only
community where a contract's awarding was imminent.
    Recent changes to the process were expected to enhance the continuity of
care, said Smitherman. "The changes were intended to create stability and our
government is disappointed with how the current process was unfolding," he
said. "That's why this contract is dead."
    Smitherman indicated that he will announce next steps in the near future.

    This news release, along with other media materials, such as matte
stories and audio clips, on other subjects, are available on our website at:
http://www.health.gov.on.ca under the News Media section.

    Disponible en français.




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Laurel Ostfield, Minister's
Office, (416) 212-4048; Andrew Morrison, Ministry of Health and Long-Term
Care, (416) 314-6197; Members of the general public: 1-866-532-3161

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