Ontario’s hospitals seek participation
TORONTO – The Ontario Hospital
Association (OHA) has taken a major step to promote public sector
transparency and accountability by proposing that the Government of
Ontario extend the province’s Freedom of Information and Protection of
Privacy Act (FOIPPA) to the hospital sector. The OHA represents
Ontario’s 155 public hospitals.
“While Ontario’s hospitals are extraordinarily transparent and
accountable, their justifiable pride in past achievements should not
prevent us from moving to become even more transparent as a sector
tomorrow,” said Tom Closson, OHA President and CEO.
Ontario’s hospitals are already the most transparent and accountable in
Canada. They participate in comprehensive accreditation processes, are
subject to Hospital Service Accountability Agreements, and are audited
on a regular basis by Ontario’s Auditor General. They also provide
extensive public data on their finances, patient safety performance and
patient satisfaction through consumer-oriented websites like
myhospitalcare.ca. As important, Ontario’s hospitals either initiated or
played a key role in shaping every one of these activities.
“Ontario’s hospitals value their communities’ confidence and trust, and
our proposal to have FOIPPA apply to our sector can only help bolster
public trust and confidence in hospitals and the broader public sector,”
The OHA’s Board of Directors met and unanimously agreed to propose that
the Government of Ontario extend FOI laws to the hospital sector.
Letters have been sent to Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Deb Matthews and Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian to
inform them of this proposal, and to request meetings to discuss next
The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) is the voice of Ontario’s public
hospitals. Founded in 1924, the OHA uses advocacy, education and
partnerships to build a strong, innovative and sustainable health care
system for all Ontarians.
Posted November 12, 2009