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OPSEU Diablogue: Why are six LHINs still afraid to let the community speak directly to their boards?

The Local Health Integration Networks spend a lot of time talking about community engagement. In his 2010 report The LHIN Spin, the Ontario Ombudsman stated “the reality of community decision-making has fallen far short of the political spin.” Andre Marin … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: The Ottawa Hospital: Restructuring now called cutbacks?

Last week we were in Ottawa publicly challenging the Champlain Local Health Integration Network to treat service transfers from The Ottawa Hospital as an integration decision. There was a terrific media turnout for the press conference we shared with the Ontario … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Could the Wynne government do a u-turn on austerity?

It didn’t get much coverage in the mainstream media, but last week the big banks told Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to take his foot off the brake when it comes to public sector spending. The banks argue with a … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: If hospital cuts are restructuring, then let’s see the evidence

There is little question that a provincial freeze in base hospital operating funding is motivating the present shedding of staff positions and services across the province. Hospitals are required to balance their budgets by law, but Local Health Integration Networks … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: No community involvement, details needed when cutting or transferring services to balance a budget

The Local Health Integration Networks were initially set up to involve communities in the decision-making process around delivery of regional health care. We have witnessed health care providers, such as hospitals, coming forward to the LHINs with proposals to shift … Continue reading →