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v4_ministerCanada has a new leader in its healthcare system.  Dr. Eric Hoskins is Ontario’s new minister of health and in that task will oversee the country’s largest and most expensive system.  We hope that Dr. Hoskins’ appointment will signal a new chapter in the relationship with patients and families and especially those whose experiences with the healthcare system have caused them to question its commitment to transparency and accountability.

It’s an important job on so many levels and much is riding on the outcome.  So, as he begins his new duties, Patient Protection Canada would like to wish Dr. Hoskins all the best.

June 6, 1944 | The Day the Greatest Generation Stood as One on the Beaches of Courage and Freedom

                                              hhh hhh hhh hh hhhhh kkkk A tribute to the Greatest Generation, and the valiant efforts of all those at home and in the theatres of war whose efforts we give special …

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Coming Soon: Lessons for Canada’s largest teaching hospital

What Sunnybrook’s board of directors needs to learn about respecting patients and families and creating a culture of honesty and transparency that enhances patient safety and reduces medical harm.

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What are Canadian Hospitals Hiding?

It is time to put “national” back into Canada’s healthcare system and to give Canadians the straight goods on its performance. Shocking allegations have surfaced in connection with VA hospitals in eight U.S. states. Families and whistleblowers alike claim that secret lists of patients were kept in order to keep them off the books and make …

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A Mother’s Day Tribute

  I am so very proud of my mother who, today, at the age of 92, is living proof that it is possible for the elderly to be more than a statistic and that the will to live, and the love of family, can be among the most potent of life-saving medications.  She is also …

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Ontario’s CCACs reflect shocking culture of excess at the top, paid for by most vulnerable

The CCAC concept was created by bureaucrats and  exhibits some of the worst attributes of bureaucracies.  But it works very well for the bureaucratic mentality that runs it. _____________________________________ EDITOR’S NOTE:  The piece below, and the earlier posting on CCAC excess and abuse, have generated an absolutely amazing number of emails from readers endorsing our conclusions and sharing …

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Time to end Ontario’s home care scam

It’s hard enough for a family to see a loved one at home suffering because CCAC services that were promised were never delivered. But it is an outrage that the members of our Greatest Generation, who saved democracy and rebuilt the economy after World War II, in the waning of their years have become pawns …

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Hospital Abuse of Anti-Psychotic Drugs Must Stop

A shocking CBC/Canadian Press investigation has again confirmed how powerful anti-psychotic drugs are being abused. This time, the news is about quetiapine, marketed under the brand name Seroquel, being given to female inmates in Canadian prisons. The problem is not that the drug is being administered to inmates who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or …

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We Need More Patients and Families Speaking Up for Safer Hospitals

More and more families are giving voice to hospital horror stories so that what happened to their loved ones, and mine, does not happen again. Standing up for safer care after a hospital has inflicted harm is never easy for a family. In many cases, the patient does not get to be part of that …

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