For Immediate Release:
October 20, 2010
(LONDON, Ontario) – London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London (St. Joseph’s) welcome today’s release of the Auditor General of Ontario’s Report on Consultant Use in Selected Health Organizations. The special report examines the hiring and management of consultants at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as well as selected hospitals and Local Health Integration Networks during the timeframe of November 2007 to July 2009.
“We take the Auditor General’s report very seriously and endorse both the AG’s recommendations and the government’s response,” says LHSC Board Chair, Peter Johnson.
London Health Sciences Centre is one of the 16 hospitals which participated in the audit. While St. Joseph’s was not one of the participating hospitals, the hospitals are working together to improve shared practices regarding purchasing and procurement. Since the fall of 2009, these initiatives have included:
- completion of a review of consulting contracts to ensure compliance with procurement policies,
- leader education on procurement practice and the hospital’s standards of business conduct,
- revision of the signing authority and competitive bidding/procurement policies, and
- implementation of enhanced contract management and control procedures.
“We remain committed to strong clear business practices. Through leading models such as Health Care Materials Management, a joint venture of LHSC and St. Joseph’s, we have built a strong foundation on which our hospitals will continue to demonstrate excellence in resource stewardship in all aspects of our work,” says St. Joseph’s Board Chair Gerry Killan.
Tom Closson, President and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), says Ontario's hospitals welcome the Auditor General's recommendations, and plan to review each one of them very carefully. "There are valuable lessons to be learned from the report, and we are looking forward to working with all Ontario hospitals to implement new and progressive procurement best practices."
The Auditor General’s Report will be carefully reviewed and recommendations adopted to improve hospital policies and procedures.
About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 135 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children’s Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and Lawson Health Research Institute - a joint research initiative with St Joseph’s Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 30 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s 10,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca
About St. Joseph’s Health Care London
St. Joseph’s Health Care, London is a major patient care, teaching and research centre with a distinguished legacy of service to London, Southwestern Ontario and the veterans of Canada, dating back more than 130 years. St. Joseph’s five key role areas include acute/ambulatory care, complex care and veterans care, long-term care, rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics and specialized mental health care. Facilities and services including St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care and Regional Mental Health Care London and St. Thomas are part of the St. Joseph’s family. Our research arm, the Lawson Health Research Institute, continues to direct their research to the development of new knowledge that is continually being applied directly to patient care. More than 400,000 patients annually receive care from close to 6,000 physicians and staff at St. Joseph’s. St. Joseph’s is affiliated with the University of Western Ontario
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