About 3,000 professional staff at nine of the 14 Ontario Community Care Access Centres started walking a picket line Friday. Represented by the Ontario Nurses’ Association, it’s the latest labour disruption in a sector the government considers to be critical … Continue reading →
When the province decided to call its most recent crown agencies Local Health Integration Networks, it was clear where the emphasis lay. Rather than plan a system based on need, it appears the primary function of the LHIN was to … Continue reading →
Ontario’s Community Care Access Centres could have been very different had events unfolded differently in the early 1990s. At the beginning of that decade home care was considered to have more of a leg in social services than health care. … Continue reading →
We probably wouldn’t have believed it had we not received the documents outlining the new plan for specialized home care funding. It’s staggering in its ability to further complicate administration of home care and create so-called “efficiencies” for which the … Continue reading →
Every day there are stories of how the fragmentation of health care hurts patients. A few, when a patient dies, make the media. Most often fragmentation causes small inconveniences, but there are many and they affect patients in very real ways.
December 19th’s story is about a patient with a serious chronic illness. She lives at home and manages her illness fairly well. Monitoring her condition requires weekly blood work which is taken by a home care nurse through a PIC line, a semi-permanent intravenous access port. She then walks the blood a fairly (Read more…)