Monthly Archives: April 2014

Good news for hips and knees

The government’s announcement that it is making $4.2 million available for hip and knee replacement surgery is some rare welcome good news for health care. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/orthopedic-wait-times-targeted-with-4-2m-in-funding-1.2624320) Making the announcement in Kentville, the Minister of Health, the Honourable Leo Glavine says … Continue reading

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The failure of pain and palliative care

In a follow-up item on the mice in the Victoria General’s Palliative Care Unit, ATV news brought up the topic of end-of-life care across the Maritimes. It is a serious gap in our health care system. Read it here: http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/opposition-demands-long-term-solution-after-mice-spotted-in-hospital-1.1789414#ixzz2znxdK3XOContinue reading

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Rodents roam VG

ATV News has presented a shocking story on mice at the Palliative Care Unit of the Victoria General Hospital of Capital Health. See the story here: http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/mice-spotted-in-palliative-care-unit-at-halifax-hospital-1.1787633 Is there no end to the failings of that building’s management? In addition to … Continue reading

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A cost of ‘fact-finding’

Today’s Chronicle Herald carried an article about Capital Health conducting a fact finding mission by calling in nurses who participated in an illegal strike. Read the article here: http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/1200777-capital-health-officials-nurses-to-meet-over-wildcat-walkout Someone wrote me to ask if I knew that those nurses … Continue reading

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Nurse-to-patient ratios: “A big, fat lie”

CBC medical columnist Mary Jane Hampton appearing on Halifax’s Information Morning on Friday, April 4th, discusses the nurse-to-patient ratio issue. Hampton says there is no research to support nurse-to-patient ratios or that they make any sense at all. She says … Continue reading

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Strike positions

I don’t understand the Nova Scotia Government  & General Employees Union campaign against the Liberal Government. The union is targeting the provincial government, which doesn’t set the daily working conditions of their members. Instead the union, as they did during … Continue reading

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