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OPSEU Diablogue: LHINs should integrate with the Ministry of Health — Thomas

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas appears before the Standing Committee on Social Policy this morning in Kingston. The Queen’s Park Committee, made up of MPPs from all three parties, is conducting the review into the Local Health Integration Networks mandated … Continue reading →

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: Should the LHINs really be the e-Harmony of health care providers?

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 →

OPSEU Diablogue: Will the Tories continue to play nice on the LHIN review?

The role of the Ontario Tories on the review of the Local Health Integration Networks is an interesting one to observe. Mandated by the legislation that created the Local Health Integration Networks in 2006, the review has been handed over … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Health Links attract huge audience at HealthAchieve

There was a kind of sliding sound and then a rattle as a woman fell to the floor during Tuesday afternoon’s session of the Ontario Hospital Association’s HealthAchieve. When someone asked if there was a doctor or nurse in the … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Hospital governance not by necessity a ‘democratic process’ — investigator

Ontario’s public hospitals are private not-for-profit corporations. Most are built and operated with public money and sign accountability agreements with the provincially appointed Local Health Integration Networks. At any time the Minister of Health can take over a hospital, appointing … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: A tangible response to physiotherapy cuts – the province finally adds community capacity

After significantly cutting outpatient physiotherapy at hospitals across Ontario, the government is finally putting something back. The Ministry of Health says it is making a major investment in community-based physiotherapy, exercise classes and falls prevention services that will benefit up … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Why health professionals increasingly don’t want to work in community agencies

The closure of eight downtown Toronto hospice beds is hardly creating buzz in the health care community. But it should. Perram House hospice is not big enough to warrant major headlines, but it is symbolic of why the government’s policies … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: A tale of two LHINs – Champlain could learn from Central East when it comes to community involvement

In the past few weeks we have been challenging the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to step up to the plate around cuts and transfers of services from The Ottawa Hospital. Champlain LHIN CEO Chantale LeClerc has dug herself in for … 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: 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: Integration process missing from new round of hospital cuts

Local Health Integration Networks were purportedly created to bring health care planning, integration, accountability, and funding closer to the 14 regions they serve. A key role for the LHINs was to engage their regional communities in this process. The Ministry of … 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 →

OPSEU Diablogue: Could this be a moment where the LHINs turnaround public perception?

Labour has long remained skeptical about the value of the Local Health Integration Networks. From the start the perception was the LHINs would be used to distance government from unpopular decision-making and destabilize the health sector through continual integrations. With … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: News of failed private endoscopy clinic coincides with hospital’s intent to divest more endoscopies

It shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone in Ottawa. When the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario finally released the list of private clinics that failed their inspection, it included one Ottawa endoscopy clinic that was already the subject … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: De-integrating home support services in Ontario

Ontario has promised three million new hours of home care personal support services over the next three years. While it sounds like a lot, keep in mind that about 32 million hours of public home care are delivered annually and … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: The best of Diablogue in 2012

It’s time for us to take our seasonal break and wish the best of the season to all our readers and posters. Next year will be challenging for health care activists as hospitals continue to shed services to balance their … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: What took so long for community funding to arrive?

Community health care received the biggest percentage increase from this spring’s provincial budget, signalling the government’s intention to transition more of the health system into home care and other community supports. At four per cent clearly… . . . → Read More: OPSEU Diablogue: What took so long for community funding to arrive?

OPSEU Diablogue: “Ontario Health Links” initially intended to look a high users

Commisioner Don Drummond raised it in his report. Former OHA President Tom Closson frequently spoke about it. Five per cent of the Ontario population uses up about 40 per cent of the provincial health budget each year at an average per patient cost … . . . → Read More: OPSEU Diablogue: “Ontario Health Links” initially intended to look a high users

OPSEU Diablogue: Unintended Consequences – Northumberland Hills CEO says replacing ALC patients comes at a cost

Reducing the number of “alternative level of care” (ALC) patients in a hospital may have unintended consequences. Robert Biron, CEO of the Cobourg’s Northumberland Hills Hospital, told the Central East LHIN yesterday that his current operating d… . . . → Read More: OPSEU Diablogue: Unintended Consequences – Northumberland Hills CEO says replacing ALC patients comes at a cost

OPSEU Diablogue: Much left on health care agenda by prorogued parliament

The decision by Premier Dalton McGuinty to step down and shut down the provincial parliament leaves many questions about the future of Ontario’s health care. With no parliament, there will be no review of the Local Health Integration Networks, a … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: CCACs could play expanded role as direct home care providers

Doris Grinspun, the executive director of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) has been a tireless defender of public not-for-profit health care. We’ve seen her speak truth to power at numerous conferences and public events. When she advocates on … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Vector Poll — Most Ontarians think McGuinty government is doing a poor job on major health priorities

Deb Matthews may want to get out more. We’ve previously noted that Ontario’s Health Minister has made far fewer public speeches than her predecessors. The Ministry’s on-line speech archive lists two speeches for Matthews this year, one for last year. … Continue reading →