A promise that top officials from scandal-plagued eHealth Ontario will appear before a legislative committee didn’t stop Opposition demands yesterday for a public inquiry into the $1 billion the province has spent trying to develop electronic health records.
The auditor general’s report into eHealth uncovered examples of bid rigging and favouritism when the agency awarded millions of dollars in untendered contracts to consultants, said Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak.
“Who was involved in what appears to be bid rigging?” Hudak asked.
The governing Liberals last month used their majority to prevent a legislature committee from compelling the chairman of eHealth’s board and the agency’s CEO to testify, but that changed yesterday with an announcement from eHealth. The agency confirmed that its new CEO Rob Devitt and interim chairwoman Rita Burak, would appear before the public accounts committee.