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OPSEU Diablogue: Transferring hospital services to private clinics — a line in the sand

OTTAWA – Natalie Mehra says The Ontario Health Coalition is drawing a line in the sand when it comes to service transfers to private endoscopy clinics from The Ottawa Hospital. Speaking at a “Code Blue” forum in Ottawa last night, the … 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: Could the Wynne government do a u-turn on austerity?

It didn’t get much coverage in the mainstream media, but last week the big banks told Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to take his foot off the brake when it comes to public sector spending. The banks argue with a … 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: 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: Ottawa and Hamilton: Significant hospital cuts ahead despite rhetoric from Premier-designate

Dr. Jack Kitts, CEO of the Ottawa Hospital, says he plans to transfer about 5,000 endoscopies to community hospitals and clinics as part of an overall plan to find $31 million in savings towards balancing the hospital’s budget. Kitts announced … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Visible tattoos and piercings on hospital staff okay — arbitrator

The Ottawa Hospital was attempting to fix a problem that didn’t exist when it unilaterally imposed a new dress code on employees according to a recent arbitration decision. Most contentious was a requirement that workers at the hospital cover up … 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 →