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Inquiry grills Sapsford on eHealth

Ontario’s embattled deputy health minister Ron Sapsford sees no reasonto resign over the provincial $1 billion electronic health recordsscandal.

Ontario’s embattled deputy health minister Ron Sapsford sees no reason to resign over the provincial $1 billion electronic health records scandal.

Although Health Minister David Caplan lost his job over the affair and eHealth Ontario CEO Sarah Kramer and board chair Dr. Alan Hudson resigned their positions in June, Sapsford, the health ministry’s most senior bureaucrat, said he feels he does not have to go.

“I am working full-time to fulfil my responsibilities as deputy minister of health,” Sapsford told reporters outside a committee hearing. “I think it is important to understand we all have different roles and I am performing mine to the best of my ability.”

Sapsford, arguably one of the most powerful civil servants in Ontario, faced more questions yesterday before a committee looking into the electronic health records imbroglio that has gripped the Liberal government for months.

The scandal began this spring when details of the awarding of millions of dollars in untendered contracts emerged and the use of high-priced out-of-province consultants who billed nearly $3,000 a day, and yet expensed $1.65 cups of tea.

 
 
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