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OPSEU Diablogue: Privately-developed London mental health hospitals justified by massive “risk” calculations

Evaluating value-for-money on a privatized public infrastructure project has always been a bit of a mugs game. A value-for-money (VFM) assessment is produced every time the province engages the private sector in the building of public infrastructure such as hospitals, court houses, … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: St. Thomas forensic mental health centre opens with fanfare and problems

The bright and shiny new Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health has opened in St. Thomas with much fanfare and more than a few problems. The new building may “fight stigma,” as its proponents say, but a bowl of the cafeteria’s soup … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Friday Kingston mental health workers to highlight volatile situation brought on by cuts

The formal recommendations around addressing the challenges of mental health always seem to get it right. So why is it that we never get beyond the nice words from politicians who claim to understand? This Friday mental health professionals and … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: P3s for Dummies Part II: Public infrastructure in the private interest

Last week we loosely defined public-private partnerships (a.k.a. PFI, AFP) and how the concept of risk was used to justify much higher costs to the public. This week we look at private versus public interest. You can just see it … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: P3s for Dummies: Part I: Protecting against giant Gila monsters

We’ve noticed that our posts about P3s – public-private partnerships – tend to be of less interest than others. We hope it’s not because our readers are less interested in how billions of dollars are being squandered at a time when … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Private hospital schemes like Ontario’s P3s lead to massive debt problems in the UK

It might be a good idea to get the next Premier a subscription to the UK Guardian. Ontario has led the country in the number of public-private partnership infrastructure projects, racking up billions in long-term obligations to private companies for … 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: Expensive systems — privatization in other public sectors should be a warning for health care

Health care is not the only public service to experience reckless ventures into private delivery of key components. The Auditor General of Ontario (AG) raises numerous questions about costly private delivery of public services in his recent review of Metrolinx, the … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Report identifies cost of Ontario P3s: 16 per cent more

Ontario has moved much faster than other provinces in establishing private contracts to design, build, finance, maintain and sometimes operate public infrastructure projects. Despite many warnings, the province appears to have dismissed evidence that shows these kinds of arrangements can … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Could it happen here? P3 hospital costs leading to meltdown of health care in the UK

If you wanted to see the future of Ontario’s health care, there used to be a time when you could simply fly to Tony Blair’s Britain and have a look. Blair couldn’t privatize fast enough, creating more than 200 PFI … Continue reading →