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Compromised accreditation?

Is the hospital accreditation process compromised by coercion? In Nova Scotia our health authorities traditionally cherry-pick the results to build a story that everything is fine and our system is maintaining national standards. But these same health executives ignore results … Continue reading

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Launching a regional solution for PTSD centre of excellence

A clinical psychologist in Halifax, Dr. John Whalen, is calling for a PTSD centre to be established to service Atlantic Canada. Dr. Whalen would like to see a facility open in Halifax. Reading headlines from around the region, PTSD seems … Continue reading

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Slow ambulances nothing new

The news today is slow off-loading of ambulance patients at major hospitals in Halifax. The provincial requirement is for patients delivered to hospital in an ambulance be off-loaded within 20 minutes 90 percent of the time. Halifax’s failure to meet … Continue reading

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Impediments to practice

We’ve learned that Nova Scotia’s doctors are feeling burnout and stress at greater numbers than ever. This has long been known, but was made “official” with the release of a Doctors Nova Scotia study in September. Nova Scotia’s doctor shortage … Continue reading

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Corporate governance, confidence and care

In spite of the scandal involving the IWK’s CEO expenses and role the Chief Financial Officer played in smoothing over the bumpy, uncomfortable details, confidence has been expressed in the IWK. Confidence is the pro-forma, generic response. In attempting to … Continue reading

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Imagine there were no doctors

To highlight the depth of Nova Scotia’s doctor shortage I’ve studied the 2016 census figures to provide a geographic perspective and give these statistics a sort of face. Picking up on John Lennon’s theme of imagining, imagine there are no … Continue reading

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Doctor shortages by the numbers

A new poll by Corporate Research Associates says 13 percent of Nova Scotians (approximately 122,000 people) don’t have a family doctor. That’s probably an optimistic number. Statistically, Nova Scotia appears to almost qualify as a medical nirvana, with one of … Continue reading

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