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Patient Protection HD smallWelcome to Patient Protection Canada, the independent voice of patients and families seeking safer healthcare through stronger accountability.

For many, the healthcare system works well.  But for too many others of us, it has not been as safe as it should have been and not nearly as accountable as it needs to be.  On the pages that follow, you will find insights, articles and tools to help deal with the challenges of the healthcare system, especially in the hospital setting and its aftermath.  They are based on the experiences of patients and families who share the lessons the’ve learned the hard way: through the ordeal or avoidable harm of  a loved one.

Mother Close Aug 18My Mother’s Story

Despite shocking failures in her hospital care, my mother survived. Her remarkable story, and her family’s journey with her, which together inspired the creation of Patient Protection Canada, demonstrate that the frail elderly should never be treated just as a statistic.

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legal image2NEWWant an Apology?  How About a Lawsuit from the Hospital InsteadThe two part series that has everybody talking about what can really happen to a patient in a Canadian hospital.  And the nightmare for the family who looks for answers. (An abbreviated version of this series appeared in The Huffington Post.)

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From The Huffington Post, December 20, 2014

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ZERO NOW CAMPAIGN 

The voices of women and victims to end sexual harassment in the workplace. 

Recent headline-grabbing stories in the news have put the spotlight on sexual harassment in a big way. As a frequent commentator on this issue, and one who has experienced it first-hand, I know the dangers this epidemic presents to the workplace and to the women who make up more than half of it. Over the years, hundreds have shared their stories.

For all of them, this has been a life-altering event with far reaching consequences that continue to be felt for years.  Even decades.  Many victims have experienced  the humiliation and the physical and emotional costs of not just the incidents of sexual harassment themselves but their aftermath. Too often, the wheels of justice that are supposed to be working for victims have rolled over them instead. Re-traumatization is common in sexual harassment.

The statistics tell us that the vast majority of women who have experienced sexual harassment never report these incidents. The stories of those who do come forward, including many who have written to me, tell us why.  Alarmingly, most say that if they had it to do all over again, they would not have reported. All agree that change is desperately required.

It’s time for the voices of women and victims of sexual harassment to be heard. To play its role, and because of the devastating and too often overlooked impact that sexual harassment and reprisals have on the health of victims, Patient Protection Canada has launched the Zero Now campaign.

Our message is simple: Zero sexual harassment. Zero reprisals. Zero Now. We are grateful for the generous assistance of The Centre for Corporate & Public Governance in making this campaign possible.

Please join the campaign. You can visit us at www.ZeroNowCampaign.com. Follow us on Twitter @ZeroNowCampaign or reach us by email here to share your thoughts and experiences.

~ Kathleen Finlay