NEWMARKET, Dec. 16 /CNW/ - A hospital CEO who provoked public outcry
when his massive pay hike shocked Ontarians has resigned in the wake of
The CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre is stepping down from the
Newmarket hospital after it was revealed his compensation jumped a
staggering 81 per cent over five years.
The revelations sparked public demonstrations at the hospital in the
Greater Toronto Area in the spring after it was found the chief
executive pocketed an unexplained bonus of $310,000 in 2009 to top his
compensation up to $2.9-million for the period.
The executive is stepping down days after legislation was passed by
Queen's Park that will force hospital CEOs to publish their expenses
online and compel hospitals to comply with Freedom of Information
requests and subject themselves to scrutiny.
"This is a blow for transparency and accountability," said Marty Parker,
head of the Ontario Hospital Workers Council.
"With this new legislation in place, we expect full scrutiny of the
hospital finances and for boards to be held accountable," he added.
The CEO's compensation had climbed to $785,000 per year after annual
increases of 28% and 16%, while frontline hospital workers have seen
inflation-linked increases of 2%.
The CEO is moving to a for-profit home care and private medical services
agency that has told investors it plans to lobby aggressively for
lucrative government contracts to deliver home care to the elderly,
sick, disabled, and dying in Ontario.
Home care agencies in Ontario have so far escaped public scrutiny even
though the province's auditor general has called for stronger
The government of Ontario recently decided to make the home care sector
- as well as the Community Care Access Centres that dole out contracts
- exempt from transparency and accountability legislation; exempt from
Freedom of Information legislation; and exempt from new executive
This means executives at home care agencies can continue to inflate
their salaries using tax dollars and lobby for contracts while escaping
"We hope the executive does not simply continue to indulge in excess at
taxpayers' expense that is hidden from view," said Mr. Parker.
SEIU Local 1 Canada represents more than 50,000 healthcare and community
services workers across Ontario
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