Skip to content

Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter calls for community control of local hospital

Brady on CHEX-TV

Brady on CHEX-TV.

Peterborough Health Coalition chairperson (and Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter activist) Roy Brady says the community needs more control over the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) given a $57 million discrepancy in its books.

While the hospital is referring to this an accounting error, the money was placed in a restricted account over the past three years when it was to have been used for operational expenses. The hospital went public with the issue earlier this week, just after its chief executive officer, director of communications, director of corporate services and chief transformational officer all left their positions for undisclosed reasons. The hospital says it will be strengthening its internal financial controls.

On CHEX-TV, Brady says, “I don’t buy any explanation they’ve given. I don’t buy it at all. I do feel we need information from the Board and from the senior administration as to what happened. It is a community hospital although it never acts like one.”

And in the Peterborough Examiner, Brady says, “This is supposed to be a community hospital. It has become less and less of a community hospital over the years. …The figures are right there on a monthly basis. Did the board not see them? That’s the question that needs to be asked.”

Brady has also noted, “We’re holding an emergency Peterborough Health Coalition and Council of Canadians meeting on this issue this Saturday morning.”

Further reading
More community control urged for PRHC (Peterborough Examiner article)
Many questioning PRHC’s “accounting error” (CHEX-TV report)
Audit reveals $57 million “accounting error” at Peterborough hospital (Peterborough This Week article)