Ontario NAP says it has received a government bill to dissolve provincial local health integration networks and create a "super agency" to oversee the health system.
The bill seems to confirm what CBC News revealed last month that Ford's government plans to liquidate LHIN and replace them with centralized supervision.
Health Minister Christine Elliott responds to NAP claims ET.
You can watch the news conference live on the video above.
The bill is called the Health System Efficiency Act. It gives the Minister of Health and the so-called super agency the right to force the merger or closure of any institution providing health services, such as hospitals, long-term care homes or community health centers.
The NDP leader Andrea Horwath at the Queen's News conference said that the main goal of the bill is to reduce public health services.
"In this bill it is very clear that privatization of health care is an agenda," Horwath told reporters.
She said the bill would allow the new agency to "skip" health services to other organizations, including private corporations. It also proves that the progressive conservative government has expressed its views on changes in health care and that it will not have conducted a public hearing in good faith, she said.
“The privatization of health care in our province is a non-starter. This is a deal breaker. And if Dougs Ford continues to work with this healthcare privatization bill, he has received one hell fight.– Head of NAP Andrea Horwath
"The privatization of health care in our province is not an operator." And if Dougs Ford continues to work with this health privatization bill, he has received one hell fight on his hands. "
The text of the bill says that the minister can "make one or more health care providers do everything they can to integrate the health care system", including interrupting the provision of certain services, transferring their services to another place, or completely interrupting their activities. "
Horwath said that the bill was passed on to her employees at the end of Wednesday, although she did not say who gave it.
Although NAP cannot verify the authenticity of the invoice, Horwath said the project was written in the language and format of a typical parliament.