The Ontario government quietly spent nearly a quarter-billion dollars on an eHealth deal that will link 5,700 family doctors to electronic medical records over the next three years, the Toronto Star has learned.

The $236-million investment was made in July by eHealth Ontario, just weeks after its CEO Sarah Kramer and board chair Dr. Alan Hudson resigned in the midst of what ultimately became a $1-billion scandal engulfing the provincial health ministry.

The government heralded the move as good news, but NDP critic France Gélinas said the program should immediately be stopped. “My feeling at this point is let’s pull the plug on this before we spend another quarter of a billion dollars on something with no accountability and right now can’t prove value for money,” she said.