The Ontario NDP says it has received a draft government law that would dissolve the local integration networks in the province and create a "super agency" to oversee the health system.
The bill seems to confirm what CBC News revealed last month – that the Ford government is going to erase LHIN and replace it with centralized surveillance.
Health Minister Christine Elliott responds to NDP claims at 15:30. ET.
You can watch the news conference on the above video.
The Bill is called the Law on Efficacy of Health Care. It provides the Minister of Health and the so-called Super Agency with the power to force mergers or closures of healthcare institutions such as hospitals, long-term care homes, or community health centers.
During a press conference at Queen's Park NDP head Andrea Horwath said that the ultimate goal of the law is to reduce public health services.
"This proposal makes it very clear that privatization of health care is a program," Horwath told reporters.
She said the bill would allow a new agency to provide healthcare to other organizations, including private companies. This also proves that the progressive conservative government has decided to change health care and that it will not conduct public consultations in good faith.
"Privatization of health care in our province is not a start, it's a controversial business, and if Doug Ford runs through this law on privatization in health care, he's got hell on hand.– Head of NDP Andrea Horwath
"Privatization in the area of health care in our province is not a start, it is a breaker in the trade," Horwath added. "And if Doug Ford sharply handed over this account for privatization in health care, he had hell on his hands."
The bill says that a minister may "order one or more healthcare providers … to do everything possible to integrate the health system," including stopping the provision of certain services, relocating services to another location, or ending operations altogether. "
Horwath said the bill was delivered to her staff late on Wednesday, though she did not say who provided it.
While the NDP can not verify the authenticity of the law, Horwath said the draft is written in a typical parliamentary language and format.