FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 28, 2015
YUREK QUESTIONS MINISTER ON SCATHING CCAC REPORT
FROM THE AUDITOR GENERAL
QUEEN’S PARK – This morning, Ontario PC Health Critic MPP Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London) questioned the Minister of Health & Long Term Care about the abhorrent findings from the Auditor General’s recent review of the Community Care Access Centres across Ontario.
“The Liberals failed when they allowed 40% of funding to go directly to bureaucracy,” stated Yurek. “As CCAC’s cry poor and turn away Ontario’s most frail – this is unacceptable.”
The Liberals have been in power for 12 years, yet there has been no thorough evaluation of CCACs to determine whether they are providing cost-effective, timely, and quality care. Complaints about Ontario’s home and community care system are the number one phone call that Members across the province receive in their constituency offices.
“The government must take action now to take an approach that put patients – not administrative waste – at the centre of decision-making,” added Yurek.
Only 61% of CCAC dollars go to face-to-face care while the rest is spent on administration and bureaucracy. CCAC CEO’s salaries skyrocketed by 27% between 2009 and 2013. Meanwhile, patients are being told that they must wait to receive the care that they desperately need, with 47% of patients not being visited at home within 24 hours of being discharged from hospital.
“Minister, it is time for action, not studies or high priced consultants. The Auditor General’s report shows you are incapable of controlling bureaucracy in the health care system. Are you not up to the job?” Yurek concluded
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