eHealth controversy dogs premier at Mohawk

News Oct 15, 2009 Ancaster News

If Premier Dalton McGuinty thought he could escape the

eHealth controversy for a while by making a visit to Mohawk College on Tuesday

he was mistaken.

After a half hour closed door meeting with Second Career

program students at the Fennell campus, the premier met with reporters who

immediately grilled him over opposition calls for an inquiry into the electronic

health records initiative that has cost Ontario taxpayers about a billion

dollars but has achieved little success.

“We will not be moving ahead with a public inquiry,” the

Premier said. “What we will do is move ahead with the recommendations put

forward by (provincial Auditor General Jim McCarter).”

The auditor’s report said favouritism played a part in

consulting firms getting contracts without submitting a bid. It also noted

there was little government oversight for the project.

Mr. McGuinty agreed government oversight on eHealth was

poor.

“We had been so determined to get better results for

Ontarians, especially when it comes not only to wait times…but putting in place

an electronic health record that we have been lax in bringing the necessary

oversight to all those folks who are doing that work for us, that’s the point

the auditor made, I accept that completely,” Mr. McGuinty said.

Health and Long-term care Minister David Caplan resigned

last week as a result of the controversy.

 

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eHealth controversy dogs premier at Mohawk

News Oct 15, 2009 Ancaster News

If Premier Dalton McGuinty thought he could escape the

eHealth controversy for a while by making a visit to Mohawk College on Tuesday

he was mistaken.

After a half hour closed door meeting with Second Career

program students at the Fennell campus, the premier met with reporters who

immediately grilled him over opposition calls for an inquiry into the electronic

health records initiative that has cost Ontario taxpayers about a billion

dollars but has achieved little success.

“We will not be moving ahead with a public inquiry,” the

Premier said. “What we will do is move ahead with the recommendations put

forward by (provincial Auditor General Jim McCarter).”

The auditor’s report said favouritism played a part in

consulting firms getting contracts without submitting a bid. It also noted

there was little government oversight for the project.

Mr. McGuinty agreed government oversight on eHealth was

poor.

“We had been so determined to get better results for

Ontarians, especially when it comes not only to wait times…but putting in place

an electronic health record that we have been lax in bringing the necessary

oversight to all those folks who are doing that work for us, that’s the point

the auditor made, I accept that completely,” Mr. McGuinty said.

Health and Long-term care Minister David Caplan resigned

last week as a result of the controversy.

 

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eHealth controversy dogs premier at Mohawk

News Oct 15, 2009 Ancaster News

If Premier Dalton McGuinty thought he could escape the

eHealth controversy for a while by making a visit to Mohawk College on Tuesday

he was mistaken.

After a half hour closed door meeting with Second Career

program students at the Fennell campus, the premier met with reporters who

immediately grilled him over opposition calls for an inquiry into the electronic

health records initiative that has cost Ontario taxpayers about a billion

dollars but has achieved little success.

“We will not be moving ahead with a public inquiry,” the

Premier said. “What we will do is move ahead with the recommendations put

forward by (provincial Auditor General Jim McCarter).”

The auditor’s report said favouritism played a part in

consulting firms getting contracts without submitting a bid. It also noted

there was little government oversight for the project.

Mr. McGuinty agreed government oversight on eHealth was

poor.

“We had been so determined to get better results for

Ontarians, especially when it comes not only to wait times…but putting in place

an electronic health record that we have been lax in bringing the necessary

oversight to all those folks who are doing that work for us, that’s the point

the auditor made, I accept that completely,” Mr. McGuinty said.

Health and Long-term care Minister David Caplan resigned

last week as a result of the controversy.

 

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