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OPSEU Diablogue: Problems at clinics should prompt rethink on competitions for hospital services

The media is applauding Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins this week for promising greater transparency around private clinic inspections that had previously been kept secret by Toronto Public Health and The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (TCPSO). Tom … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: OHA asks for capacity planning but attacks rights of transferred workers

The Ontario Hospital Association must be finally feeling the pinch of fiscal restraint and so-called “funding reforms” that have worked against their bottom line for at least the past four years. The OHA is asking that the government begin doing … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Harris had to stop hospital cuts after two years – what about Wynne?

When Health Minister Deb Matthews spoke at the closing of this year’s Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) HealthAchieve, the hall was two-thirds empty. Only two days before there was standing room only for Canadian astronaut Chris Hatfield. Attendance at the final morning … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Afraid of losing control — a found message from HealthAchieve

At this year’s Ontario Hospital Association HealthAchieve the organizers hired a graphic artist to illustrate many of the sessions. After each session, participants were invited to look at the graphic and leave their own comments behind using Post-it notes. Amid … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Few anti-stigma campaigns based on evidence — Stuart

“Mental health is set aside as that other kind of health care we don’t want to talk about.” – Asante Haughton, one of three youth featured in the Ontario Shores produced film “Talk To Someone: You’re Not Alone.” Queen’s University … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: OHA snippy about lack of health care planning

Last week’s provincial budget was accompanied by an uncharacteristic snippy release from the Ontario Hospital Association expressing disappointment. While OHA CEO Pat Campbell says there are a few positive initiatives for hospitals and the health care system, the chief complaint … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: 10 revealing moments at this year’s OHA HealthAchieve

The Ontario Hospital Association’s HealthAchieve is one of the major health care conferences on our annual calendar. Here are 10 revealing moments from this year’s three-day event: 1. Metaphors really stick. Don Berwick, former administrator of t… . . . → Read More: OPSEU Diablogue: 10 revealing moments at this year’s OHA HealthAchieve

OPSEU Diablogue: Matthews bows out of leadership race, focus instead on health care “transitions”

Health Minister Deb Matthews says she is not seeking the Ontario Liberal leadership. Matthews made the formal announcement at the Ontario Hospital Association HealthAchieve this morning, ending weeks of speculation. Noting how rare it was for a health … . . . → Read More: OPSEU Diablogue: Matthews bows out of leadership race, focus instead on health care “transitions”

OPSEU Diablogue: OHA speakers say transform health before it gets cut

Speakers at this week’s Ontario Hospital Association HealthAchieve say it’s important to transform health care, not cut it. Don Berwick, former Administrator for U.S. Medicare and Medicaid Services, told the OHA conference the U.S. presently spends 17.6 per cent of its economy … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: More managers to front line staff has an impact well beyond cost of salaries

Asking how the ratio of management to front line staff has changed at a public hospital seemed like a straight-forward question. In this era of obsession with hyper-efficiency, you’d think the Ministry of Health, the Local Health Integration Networks and … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Employee engagement has substantial impact on reducing workplace stress – OHA study

Ontario hospitals could be paying a big price for not engaging their employees. A new study from the Ontario Hospital Association suggests that “the quality of the work environment for staff and physicians is a key determinant of a high-performing … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Hospitals: Who is earning more than the $418,000 proposed BPS salary cap?

The Ontario Hospital Association is disappointed again. This week Dwight Duncan announced the government’s intention to cap salaries for new employees in the broader public sector – including hospitals – to $418,000 a year, or double Dalton McGuinty’s salary. The … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Is the OHA next to experience public wrath over executive bonuses?

It seems there are two choices with regards to executive compensation. The first is to simply place executives on salary and expect them to do the job they get paid for. That’s how rank and file employees get paid. The … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Hospitals to compete on cost as province introduces new funding mechanisms

In March Deb Matthews told the media that 36 hospitals will have their budgets cut by as much as three per cent when this year’s new hospital funding formula rolls out. This week the Ministry held a technical briefing and … Continue reading →