The Cancer Care Ontario scandal.
Cancer Care Ontario shows the provincial agency handed out consultant contracts in some of the same questionable ways as eHealth.
It gave a consulting firm $18.7 million in deals over two years, some in the form of so-called "follow-on" agreements, a practice that allowed them to be added on to current contracts without being opened to bids. The audit found the number of follow-ons "excessive" — with at least 26 recorded.
In the two years examined by the audit, about 60 per cent of some $30-million in contracts examined were doled out to three big vendors.
The audit noted that Cancer Care Ontario had no policy for buying radiation therapy equipment for hospitals, resulting in $3.5 million in orders that didn't follow proper tender procedures and in six-figure price jumps.Contracts for a number of radiation treatment machines rose above the original ceiling price by $300,000 to $500,000. In one instance, a contract price rose by $1 million, because the machine had to be customized to fit into a room.Another time, extra equipment plus user fees were tacked on, causing a $861,000 increase above the original agreement.The agency also appeared to have a recurring problem with documenting consultant expenses, with only six per cent of $136,000 in out-of-expense claims accompanied by the necessary receipts.Other revelations in the documents included:
- Details of some contracts were ironed out after the deal was done.
- One contract ballooned to almost six times its original maximum worth of $3.5 million — to $20.2 million — in a process that lacked proper approvals from the CEO.
- Contracts without tender accounted for 49 per cent of examined contracts for non-capital goods and non-consulting expenses, such as computer equipment, software and equipment rental.
- About $1.6-million worth was paid out over 14 invoices to a company with no written contract.
- At one point, the director of finance had the authority to create, approve and review purchase orders.
- Several employees recruited were offered between $17,000-23,000 over the maximum salary range.
- CCO employee files were kept in an unlocked cabinet accessible to unauthorized employees.
- Even though policy forbade paying for parties, Cancer Care paid for two staff picnics, a farewell function and gifts for staff, one holiday party and a baby shower.
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For this reason McGuinty must go! The McGuinty Liberal government is incompetent.
October 6th please vote and please vote for the candidate most likely to unseat the Liberal!
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