Frank Klees

Press Release

Minister Ignored Patient Deaths Reported by Auditor General

April 17, 2012

QUEEN’S PARK – The questioning of the Health Minister's competence in handling the scandal at the province's air ambulance service continued today.

The focus in the Official Opposition's questioning shifted to the Minister's response to revelations by the Auditor General concerning adverse events involving Ornge air ambulance calls.

Quoting from the Auditor General's report on the Ornge scandal, Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees pointed out that twenty adverse events were reported during 2009/10, including some that involved patient deaths.

"Can the Minister tell us when she first became aware of these cases involving patient deaths" Klees asked, "and did she ask the Coroner to investigate?"

The Minister was once again caught off guard by the question.

"I find this disturbing,” said Klees. “The minister boasts about calling in the OPP to investigate financial irregularities at Ornge, but doesn't consider the deaths of patients serious enough to call in the Coroner."

Klees pointed out that Ornge failed to provide service for 7,700 requests for service during 2009/10 and that 4,700 of those were emergency on-scene requests.

“How many more lives is the Minister willing to put at risk?" asked Klees. "This is one more example of the Minister's incompetence and more evidence that the responsibilities of this ministry are beyond her capabilities. The honourable thing for the Minister to do, is to step aside. "

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Frank Klees, MPP

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