EHealth fallout could spur reform: Premier - Metro US

EHealth fallout could spur reform: Premier

Premier Dalton McGuinty says his government should have had more oversight in place at eHealth Ontario, which is mired in a spending scandal over untendered contracts.

McGuinty’s also hinting he will force all agencies to comply with the same strict rules that government employees must follow in dealing with the private sector.

He says the changes may come after Auditor General Jim McCarter completes his report on eHealth, which is expected in the fall.

The premier also acknowledged the eHealth controversy is taking its toll and compromising government efforts to sell policies like tax harmonization to voters.

EHealth, which is tasked with creating electronic health records in Ontario, has come under fire for questionable spending and awarding nearly $5 million in untendered contracts.

Opposition parties have accused both former CEO Sarah Kramer and board chairman Dr. Alan Hudson of giving Liberal-friendly firms lucrative contracts without taking competitive bids.

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