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Ford government plans more low wages for women health care workers

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022

We are facing a major staffing crisis in health care and nowhere more so than in home care. Yet this government continues to pursue a low-wage strategy for the female health care workforce, a strategy that is quickly demolishing health care in Ontario.  We need to end the war on women health care workers. We need a government that can help make home care an attractive place to work — not a worse place to work. 

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‘On the cusp of collapsing’: The crisis in our emergency departments is a consequence of poor public policy

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022

For several years, Ontario has been facing parallel compounding issues of funding cuts to health care, especially in the community, and devaluation of health-care workers, the largest group of which are nurses. It seems these issues have finally converged to create the perfect storm of our present crisis. We need a systemic solution that focuses less on infrastructure and more on the people working within it; more beds are no longer the answer.

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Time for Doug Ford government to act on health care crisis

Thursday, August 4th, 2022

In times of crisis, leadership carries a particular responsibility. It is about showing up, demonstrating competence and shoring up confidence. It’s about accountability, being seen to be in charge, about restoring trust when trust is wavering… It’s time the Ford government gave evidence of being appropriately seized by the urgency of the health-care crisis and with taking responsibility for addressing public anxiety about it.

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An unhealthy shortage of family doctor

Monday, August 1st, 2022

There is no single fix to the stresses Canada’s health-care system is facing. But efforts that bolster the ranks of family doctors — such as easing the administrative burdens that detract from patient care and encouraging the expansion of family medicine teams — hold the promise of improving our collective health.

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Flattening Ontario’s mental-health curve

Monday, July 25th, 2022

A navigator is someone who guides a patient through the system. The system is incredibly complex and not intuitive. There are also cultural barriers, language barriers; you might be dealing with ableism. It might just mean connecting them to the right professionals in the community to keep them out of hospital. Mental health and substance issues are best handled in the community, with supports. The hospitals are not the best place for this kind of care. 

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On a mission to save seniors from nursing home horrors

Friday, June 17th, 2022

… there “is no magic bullet” or “a one-size-fits-all solution,” she sees the potential benefits of PSW-owned co-ops. “This is one among multiple solutions we’ll be able to put in place,” she says. “I’m a fan of aging in place, providing options for seniors to avoid going into long-term care, but let’s not forget that it is still required. At some point, people will need long-term care facilities. But we need to provide other options to delay the time where they have to go into an LTC.”

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New website aims to improve access to counselling services

Friday, June 17th, 2022

Family Service Ontario, with the help of Caredove, an Orillia-based software company, has launched the Ontario Counselling Finder website using Caredove’s WebBuilder, where members of the public can enter their home address to find the nearest Family Service Ontario member agency. Member agencies can optionally allow the public to request an intake appointment through the secure e-referral platform… “Our hope is to increase awareness that these services are available, and to reduce the barriers in accessing them,”

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Ontario government tables legislation to make PSW wage increase permanent

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

If passed, the Pandemic and Emergency Preparedness Act, 2022 would see workers in long-term care and community care continue to receive a raise of $3 per hour while workers in public hospitals will keep their $2 per hour bump… The government had been extending the measure for months at a time throughout the pandemic. Also included in the legislation is a commitment to recruiting and retaining more doctors, nurses and PSWs by way of a $142 million investment through the “Learn and Stay” grant.

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Doug Ford’s government is quietly privatizing health care

Wednesday, March 16th, 2022

Recently, Health Minister Christine Elliott announced the expansion of private hospitals in Ontario… “we can let independent health facilities operate private hospitals.”… [which] sounds a whole lot better than this: “We will award public funds to private, for-profit hospitals and clinics, knowing that these private facilities are associated with worse care, higher costs and more deaths.”

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Ford government to add more than 450 new seats to Ontario medical schools

Wednesday, March 16th, 2022

The new seats will be broken down into 160 undergraduate seats and 295 postgraduate seats… this marks the largest expansion of undergraduate and postgraduate education in over a decade… in part, as a solution to a significant backlog of medical procedures in Ontario created by the pandemic… [which] has created a backlog of more than 21 million patient services, such as MRIs and cancer screenings, that may take years to clear.

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