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OPSEU Diablogue: Funding “reform” has CEOs chasing hospital mergers

In a perfect world hospitals would be publicly funded to meet the health needs of their communities. That would be it. When the government started talking about funding reform, the thinking was that at last we would be moving closer … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Squeaky Wheels: Are more Ontario hospital CEOs likely to publicly air their grievances?

It makes us wonder why so few hospital CEOs are willing to publicly go to bat for their institutions. It’s true that in the past public advocacy was not always met with great appreciation at Queen’s Park, which has the … 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: Plan to radically remake Windsor hospitals

The Windsor Star suggests today that the city is likely to be reduced to one acute care hospital. Hotel Dieu and Windsor Regional have agreed to a partnership that will see all acute services delivered from the Regional. Hotel Dieu … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: In Brief: Hospital cuts as transfers, Pupatello’s ego gets the better of her

Pop quiz: who wrote this: “Our government expects – as do health care providers – that this change will exacerbate the health conditions of patients with chronic conditions and those who are at risk of developing such conditions. In addition, … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: 50 Shades leading Windsor baby boom — Musyj

We don’t quite what to make of this one. Our most quotable of hospital CEOs is now saying that the erotic bestseller 50 Shades of Grey may be responsible for a mini baby boom in Windsor, Ontario. Windsor Regional Hospital CEO … Continue readin… . . . → Read More: OPSEU Diablogue: 50 Shades leading Windsor baby boom — Musyj

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: The Tim Horton’s debate has come to Ontario hospitals

In Windsor unionized Tim Horton’s workers are being trashed for making a living wage at the Windsor Regional Hospital. The hospital owns three Tim Horton’s franchises within its walls. The argument goes, if the hospital cannot break even on these … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Stories we couldn’t let pass by this week

CCACs hire 144 direct care nurses This month the government announced 900 new nursing positions to come from their 2007 commitment to 9,000 new nurses for the health system. Among them are 144 nurses who will go into the schools … Continue reading →