Liberals' public-private hospital deals will cost Ontarians over $500 million
McGuinty urged to halt P3 hospital projects.
QUEEN'S PARK, May 7, 2008 — NDP Critic for Health and Long-Term Care France Gelinas today urged the McGuinty Liberals to halt their P3 hospital deals after a report shows Ontarians may be on the hook for up to $500 million more than planned.
"Today another report — this time by nurses —shows that the McGuinty Liberals' P3 hospital scheme may be 27 per cent more expensive that traditional procurement. A far cry from the 16 per cent savings touted by the government. Taxpayers' money should be spent directly on health care services, not to line the pockets of private, for-profit companies," said Gelinas, the MPP for Nickel Belt.
According to a report released today by the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), Ontario taxpayers could be saddled with $585 million in higher costs due to the McGuinty Liberals' decision to let the private sector build and operate hospitals. Equally worrying is cloak of secrecy that surround these P3 projects.
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Liberals P3 Hospitals will cost Ontarians over $500 million, Ontariondp.com, May 7, 2008
Posted: May 15, 2008
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