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OSMH welcomes Auditor General’s report regarding hospital use of consultants

10/21/2010 12:00:00 AM

(Wednesday, October 20, 2010) – Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) welcomes today’s report from the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario regarding the use, procurement and management of consultants by hospitals.

 

“Our hospital has been very supportive and pro-active in the implementation of new processes that meet or exceed the Broader Public Sector (BPS) Supply Chain Guidelines issued by Ontario’s Ministry of Finance,” said John Cameron, Chair of the OSMH Board of Directors. 

 

The Guidelines set out standardized rules for competitive procurement and contracting. The rules balance numerous objectives, including accountability, transparency, value for money and service delivery.

 

"OSMH has a well-developed policy related to approval of business-related expenses incurred by our staff, along with a stringent Signing Authority Policy that requires multiple levels of approval dependent upon the value of contract,” said Cameron. “We also welcome the decision to incorporate an associated compliance-reporting process that is consistent with the Auditor General’s recommendations.”

 

OSMH does not engage the services of lobbyists and we believe that discussions about our hospital’s needs with government are best done by through the office of the CEO and/or the Chair of the Board of Directors.  We support the government’s decision to ban the use of Consultant Lobbyists by hospitals and other broader public sector organizations.

 

“We accept the principle that hospitals have to do better. Taxpayers have the right to expect maximum value for money.  Our hospital’s leadership – our board of directors, CEO, and senior management – is fully committed to taking action to improve public confidence in the management of taxpayer money.”

 

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

 

Terry Dyni, Director, Community Relations

T: (705) 327-9179

E: tadyni@osmh.on.ca   

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