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Taxpayers ‘owed an apology’: eHealth chair

Taxpayers got an apology of sorts yesterday from the chairwoman ofeHealth Ontario for a scandal involving the awarding of hundreds ofmillions of dollars in untendered contracts to consultants.

Taxpayers got an apology of sorts yesterday from the chairwoman of eHealth Ontario for a scandal involving the awarding of hundreds of millions of dollars in untendered contracts to consultants.

Top officials from scandal-plagued eHealth, including Chairwoman Rita Burak, and Ron Sapsford, the deputy minister of health, were called before the legislature’s public accounts committee to talk about the agency’s use of outside consultants.

“The very serious issue of untendered consulting contracts at eHealth Ontario has unfortunately taken focus away from the important issues of patient care and progress towards an electronic health record,” Burak told the committee.

“It has also undermined the public’s confidence in eHealth Ontario, and for this, I believe the people of the province are owed an apology.”

However, NDP committee member France Gelinas said she hoped Burak would follow through and actually offer an apology instead of simply saying people are owed one.

“It was nice of her to mention this, but it has yet to come,” said Gelinas.

A recent report by auditor general Jim McCarter found Ontario got little value for the $1 billion the province has spent trying to create electronic health records, especially when it came to giving out lucrative untendered contracts to consultants.

 
 
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