Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
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Health Minister calls NDP's statements 'outrageous' and 'fear mongering'

Health Minister calls NDP's statements 'outrageous' and 'fear mongering'

"Unfortunately, due to the importance of cabinet confidentiality, we are unable to confirm what has gone through the cabinet process", Hayley Chazan, a spokesman for Elliott, said in a statement Monday.

The Ford government indicated that the document obtained by the NDP was merely a draft legislation, but in a news release sent out by the NDP on February 4, the party stated that it has obtained internal government documents that detail a finished plan that already has cabinet approval.

"This scheme is an unprecedented opportunity for private, for-profit corporations to get their mitts on our health-care system".

Health Minister Christine Elliott said last Friday the government's transformation of health-care services will not include two-tier care.

"It's a done deal - legislation is written, board members have been appointed and Doug Ford already has cabinet approval", said Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Official Opposition.

In a memo sent to all public service staff on Monday, the government's interim cabinet secretary Steven Davidson said the person found responsible for the leak was let go and the provincial police were called in to investigate.

The documents have not been verified and the NDP will not say how they were obtained.

A source tells Global News the government believes an Ontario public service employee's email was hacked and the information was "illegally obtained". "As we bring forward desperately needed and overdue change to health-care in this province, Ontarians will continue to access reliable, public health-care".

A new structure for health care in Ontario is laid out in a January 22 briefing document.

Horwath says the documents reveal that the plan to create a health "super agency" is final, despite Elliott saying last week that the proposed changes to the system are still being drafted. Among that Super Agency's guiding principles is to "partner with public and private sector entities" when it comes to patient experience and health outcomes.

The documents mention an expression of interest for the MyCare groups going out in March, which the NDP are interpreting as allowing the contracting out of front-line health care to private, for-profit entities. Planning and oversight functions will be transferred to a new Super Agency.

"Andrea Horwath and the NDP have intentionally created confusion about the way care is delivered in this province", Elliott said. They also show a new model of "integrated care delivery" is being created, called MyCare groups, meant to "provide patients with seamless, co-ordinated care and a single team of providers for all their care needs".

"I will not be distracted by Andrea Horwath's shallow, partisan attempts to politicize health care".

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