Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Confidential docs warn of possible "disruption" in health care

Confidential docs warn of possible

Elliott said Horwath's interpretation of that section was incorrect, but she would not say what it is actually meant to do.

But the NDP says the "internal government documents" released on Monday appear to be government presentations, and include references to cabinet approving the plan and appointing board members.

Health Minister Christine Elliott accused Horwath of releasing inaccurate information to the public, stating that the documents were not final and her government will not privatize those services.

The NDP has now twice disclosed confidential health-care documents - draft legislation that would create a super agency replacing the LHINs and now briefing and workshop notes on how this new structure might work.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath speaks during a press conference at Queen's Park in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.

Global News has learned the Doug Ford government is calling in the Ontario Provincial Police to investigate how the draft bill and documents were leaked to the NDP.

The documents seem to corroborate a key government planning document that was previously leaked to the NDP.

Elliott went on to say, her government is bringing "desperately needed and overdue changes" Ontario's health system at a later date.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath leaked new documents on Monday that she says reveal more details of the Progressive Conservative government's plan to reshape Ontario's health care plan.

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

Critical services already slated to be outsourced to the private sector include, inspections, laboratories, licensing, devices, Ornge. 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.

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

Another document lists risks in the plan, including "service disruption and capacity to manage and oversee (local health integration network) functions during transition period", as well as potential labour disruption with unionized care co-ordinators at the networks.

Elliott did not rule out further private delivery of health care within the public system - such as companies that do diagnostic testing - but says that isn't the focus of the health-care transformation.

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