Province appoints supervisor for troubled Iroquois Falls hospital
Report from province's investigator prompts Health Minister Deb Matthews to take action
Ontario's Health Minister says she will recommend that a supervisor be appointed to the hospital in Iroquois Falls.
In a news release, Deb Matthews says recent concerns about the Anson General Hospital's management have raised serious doubts about the ability of the hospital board to properly govern.
A supervisor is appointed under the Public Hospitals Act and has the authority to exercise all the powers of the hospital board.
Matthews said she made the recommendations after a report about the hospital was done by a provincially appointed investigator. Ron Gagnon, the CEO of Sault Area Hospital, was appointed as investigator in May to review the AGH's governance and management practices.
The next step of appointing a supervisor will help ensure operations are restored at the Anson General Hospital, Matthews said.
The North East LHIN has reported health care at the hospital has not been affected, she added.
In February, hospital CEO Bruce Peterkin alleged fraud related to the billing of hours at the hospital.
A month later, Timiskaming—Cochrane MPP John Vanthof had this to say in Queen's Park:
"Since June 2012, governance at the Iroquois Falls family health team and Anson General Hospital have been in question. Since then, the situation has become critical with health care professionals resigning, resulting in shortages in health care and public allegations of fraud and workplace abuse at the family health team and at the hospital."
Vanthof petitioned Matthews to protect the nine whistle-blowers who came forward to bring the allegations about the hospital to light.