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OPSEU Diablogue: Hospital Cuts: Barrett could be hero or goat depending on the future of Chesley’s Restorative Care Unit

Michael Barrett has a problem. The CEO of the South West Local Health Integration Network (SW LHIN) now has the ball in his court as local support has been building to save the restorative care unit at the Chesley Hospital, … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Alexandra Hospital: Of truckers and outpatient labs

The Alexandra Hospital has a rather unique demographic. Located in Ingersoll, just off the 401 nestled between Kitchener and London, we’re told the hospital’s outpatient services are used frequently by truckers. Recently hospital staff learned that the hospital lab would … 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: Mental Health: New St. Thomas Forensic hospital suggests planned environment and safety linked

To be a patient here you not only have to have a mental disorder, but to have come in conflict with the law. The Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care opened in St. Thomas last year as part of … 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 →