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St. Michael’s Hospital fired 31 employees for $200,000 in alleged benefits plan misuse


A Toronto hospital and research centre fired dozens of employees for alleged misuse of its employee benefits plan.

St. Michael’s Hospital spokesperson Leslie Shepherd said in a statement Tuesday that 31 employees were fired after $ 200,000 in irregularities was discovered during a routine audit.

“The hospital takes its role as custodian of the public trust very seriously,” the hospital said. “St. Michael’s has a strict policy for its health benefits plan.”

Doctors are not covered by the health care plan.

St. Michael’s is one of the top 15 research hospitals in Canada. It is home to the Li Ka Shing Knowledge institute. Known as the “Urban Angel,” the Catholic hospital was founded in 1892 by the Sisters of St. Joseph.

It has provided medical education for health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines.

“We are continuing to work with SunLife, our benefits administrator, to ensure a thorough investigation,” the hospital said.

St. Michael’s said they will not be releasing further information at this time.

TORONTO STAR | NEWS | CANADA