New Ontario health minister hammered with questions on home care provider lawsuit

Ontario’s new minister of health and long-term, Helena Jaczek, care faced a flurry of questions from the Opposition on Tuesday, including queries about an ongoing lawsuit filed by home care providers against the provincial government.

CBC Toronto reported on Monday that 11 publicly-funded home-care organizations — including the Victorian Order of Nurses, the largest not-for-profit provider in Ontario — are suing the government to halt the creation of a new provincial home care agency.

The lawsuit alleges that the Liberals’ plan “puts home care patients at risk by giving exclusive authority for self-directed care services to an untested provincial government agency.”

The move to create a provincial agency, called Personal Support Services Ontario, has support from the Service Employees International Union, which represents some 12,000 home care and community service workers.

During question period at Queen’s Park, Ontario PC interim leader Vic Fedeli said that the organizations account for about 95 per cent of the home care services available in Ontario.

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