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OPSEU Diablogue: Diluted chemo drug scandal — why was this ever contracted out?

It looked for a while that Marchese Hospital Solutions’ explanation for the diluted chemotherapy drug bags may have had legs, suggesting there was miscommunication between hospital purchasing agent Medbuy and Marchese over the use of the product. Marchese claimed it … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: More “transformation” — 53 jobs cut at Peterborough Regional

Peterborough’s regional hospital is losing more staff positions. The good news is the hospital administration isn’t at least pretending these new cuts are about “transformation” of the health system as the Health Minister and Premier have repeatedly claimed elsewhere. The government’s … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Chemo drug scandal: Why would Peterborough contract out in the first place?

Craig Woudsma is the reluctant hero of the so-called “chemo drug scandal.” He is the OPSEU pharmacy assistant at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre who stopped to question the differences between oncology medication prepared by the hospital’s old contract supplier and … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Secrets: Responsibility for diluted chemo cocktails may be tied up in secret contract

Who is responsible for the unexpectedly diluted chemotherapy cocktail that more than a 1,000 cancer patients received since February 2012? And will we ever know when aspects of the story are being treated as safely guarded secrets? The issue has been … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: SBGHC: Small, rural, and looking to find $622,000

When the province introduced its new hospital funding formula, it specifically highlighted its intention not to subject small rural hospitals to it. Evidently when the Minister meant small, she meant very small. South Bruce Grey Health Centre is report… . . . → Read More: OPSEU Diablogue: SBGHC: Small, rural, and looking to find $622,000

OPSEU Diablogue: Hospitals: Let’s get the cuts out in the open

When faced with underfunding, should hospital CEOs make clear the consequences, or should they quietly find ways to cut services that may be less noticeable to the public? For the first time since the Harris government, the McGuinty government has … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Are there more managers and fewer front line staff? At some hospitals, absolutely

Earlier this year we issued a freedom of information request to 20 sample hospitals where OPSEU represents health care workers to understand whether managers are in fact replacing front line health care workers. It’s a frequent complaint we hear. While the … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Drug shortages: Sandoz crisis prompts hospitals to kick drug habit

Sandoz may find that demand for its intravenous drugs may not be what it once was. This winter the multi-national drug company was pressured by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to fix problems with the production line at its … Continue reading →