Opposition parties were fuming yesterday after learning a promised independent review of scandal-plagued eHealth Ontario had been quietly dropped.

The government had said PriceWaterhouse-Coopers would look into procurement practices at the provincial agency, which is working to create electronic health records for Ontario residents.

However, last Friday Health Minister David Caplan wrote a letter to eHealth’s new chair agreeing to a request from the agency to drop the outside review, saying it would duplicate the work of Ontario’s auditor general.

Premier Dalton McGuinty is obviously worried about more bad news emerging from eHealth and is stalling the inevitable by cancelling the outside review, charged NDP critic Peter Kormos.