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ER closures due to uneven fee schedules

News articles about ER closures always place the cause of the disruption as “a doctor shortage”. In January 26, 2017, Cumberland News Now quoted Dr. Bill Lowe, head of family medicine for the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s northern zone that … Continue reading

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Death while under Protection

Saturday evening a resident in a long-term care facility was found unconscious on the floor of the washroom in their room. It’s unclear if the individual had a heart attack or fell and hit their head. They were unconscious, but … Continue reading

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Oh good grief!

Oh good grief. Jean Laroche of the CBC reports that a facility for those with mental health issues, Simpson Landing, sits half-empty. Simpson Landing has an abundance of beds, yet we keep hearing of a “quiet crisis” in the delivery … Continue reading

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Complaining for care

The Globe and Mail’s health reporter, Andre Picard, has been in Halifax this week attending a conference. Picard is the author of a new book, Matters of Life and Death, Public Health Issues in Canada. One a radio phone-in he … Continue reading

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Forget refreshed, go with ministerial experience

A post-election comment suggests the Premier name a new health minister because given the mood in the province “it would be difficult to move things forward. A fresh face” and a new deputy health minister “could mark a refreshed approach … Continue reading

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A radical idea for meaningful change in health care: consistency

The final week of the Nova Scotia provincial election has taken on American overtones. The leaders of the Progressive Conservative and New Democratic Parties are pushing Liberal leader, Premier Stephen McNeil, to say that health care is in a crises. … Continue reading

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What cost comfort?

This week the leader of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party, Gary Burrill, called on Premier Stephen McNeil to apologize for the $250,000 purchase of furniture for the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s executive offices. I understand the outrage, but it’s … Continue reading

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