OTTAWA, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The explanation of the Ontario Minister of
Health for her failure to read an audit report on ORNGE is difficult to
believe CUPE charged today.
" It is the duty of the Minister to provide oversight to ORNGE, which
she has failed to do. She should clearly take responsibility. After the
e-health scandal one would expect a heightened degree of attention at
the Ministry, but sadly this is not the case. We need a much higher
standard of accountability at the Ministry of Health," says Michael
Hurley, president of CUPE's Ontario Council of Hospital Unions.
" The same lazy approach to Ministerial oversight is apparent in the
case of members of the public gouged illegally by private endoscopy
clinics. The advice of the Minister to members of the public victimized
by illegal block fees in Ottawa was that they should seek
reimbursement. It is the duty of the Minister to ensure that medically
necessary health services are accessible and free. It is not the
public's responsibility", Hurley says.
Private sector delivery of health care has surged under the Liberal
government, often with disastrous results. The air ambulance system,
ORNGE, E-health, the P3 hospital disaster in Brampton have all featured
enormous costs, little oversight and system failures.
" Medical journals have thoroughly documented the clinical downside of
private healthcare delivery, through organizations such as ORNGE: fewer
services and higher death rates underwrite profits and fees. This
government is poised to push clinical services now delivered in
hospitals into private clinics, despite this evidence."
SOURCE: Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (CUPE)
For further information:
Michael Hurley, President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE