OHA Welcomes Auditor General's 2016 Annual Report

TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2016 /CNW/ - The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) welcomes release of the Auditor General of Ontario's (AGO) Annual Report, which was tabled today in the Ontario Legislature. Included in the report are two separate audits focused on two select groups of Ontario hospitals, key findings from the audits, and recommendations that are intended to improve care both at the organizational and system level. The OHA and our hospital members will carefully examine the findings and recommendations of the 2016 Annual Report.

"As a sector, Ontario hospitals are among the most transparent in Canada, and continuously strive for openness to the communities they serve," said Anthony Dale, OHA President and CEO. "The OHA and our members support opportunities for improvement which come through external reviews such as the 2016 Annual Report by the Auditor General."

Ontario's hospitals are constantly changing and adapting to address shifting system pressures and growing patient and client needs, all the while driven by the imperative of high quality standards of care. However, after four years without an increase in base operating funding, Ontario hospitals are facing extremely challenging budget decisions aimed at containing costs while meeting the increasing service needs of patients. Recent investments by the government in 2016 were welcomed by the hospital sector. At the same time, significant investments will be needed in 2017 and beyond in order for hospitals to meet growing and changing patient needs, and to help address some of the challenges identified in the Auditor General's report.

SOURCE Ontario Hospital Association

For further information: Samantha Grant, Government Relations Consultant, 416-205-1376, sgrant@oha.com

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