“Dialogue,” the newsletter
of the OPSEU Health Care Divisional Council is now “DiaBlogue”:
a new interactive
OPSEU calls for moratorium on job cuts in Brockville
January 22, 2010 Diablogue OPSEU is calling upon the health minister
to place a moratorium on jobs cuts at the Brockville Mental Health Centre
until the future of the facility has been determined.
A long fight over - mental health services get
permanent funding at Lakeridge
January 20, 2010 Diablogue:
At first it looked like a re-run of 2007’s fight to save
mental health services at Lakeridge Health in East
Durham. Without dedicated funding, Lakeridge’s mental
health services stood between the hospital and its legal
obligation to balance its budget. January 19 the Central
East LHIN confirmed their decision to deny Lakeridge the
ability to cut these services, stating new funding had
A bi-weekly update on
issues affecting health care in Ontario
August 21, 2008 Dialogue 50
- Special 4 page issue: Niagara Health System unveils plan to rationalize core hospital services; Muskoka
Algonquin pulls plug on community lab testing; Rouge Valley layoffs backfire;
Hamilton St. Joseph's begins new round of cuts.
July 18, 2008:
Dialogue 49: Ombuds to investigate enforcement of long term care standards;
Kincardine loses publicly-funded outpatient physio services; Central East
LHIN fails to get quick dismissal of OPSEU complaint.
July 11, 2008: Dialogue 48:
Are Ontario's hospital occupancy rates a ticking
time bomb? Patients have 50 per cent greater
chance of catching a superbug at hospitals with
an occupancy rate greater than 90 per cent.
June 27, 2008: Dialogue 47:
David Caplan appointed new health minister --
will he be the fall guy for George Smitherman?more...
May 30, 2008: Dialogue 46 - Public lab
testing saves money -- report urges province to send
community testing to the private sector despite
strong evidence to the contrary; Layoffs part of
reorganization at Canadian Blood Services; Caplan
writes inflammatory op/ed to salvage credibility
May 8, 2008:
OPSEU takes Central East LHIN to court over mental
health bed cuts in Ajax; Ambulance members to make
case at May 23 OMERS meeting; Grey Bruce Health Unit
office and clerical members on strike;
March 28, 2008 Dialogue 44 Budget
won’t stop wave of job cuts A six per cent increase in
provincial funding may not be enough to stem the tidal
wave of job cuts.
March 12, 2008: Dialogue 43: Ministry
appoints committee to implement interprofessional care;
paramedics fight for pension equity with police and
firefighters; Home care nurses leave despite freeze on
contracts; Revised workshops help members understand
hospital budgets more...
February 28, 2008 : Dialogue 42: Royal
Ottawa Mental Health Centre under media scrutiny; Fertility
Clinic decision under judicial review; Service Excellent to
include gag order?; Human Rights Commission and Ministry dodge
diaper complaint. more...
February 14, 2008: Dialogue 41: Amended legislation
covers wide range of change in health care according to Ontario
Labour Relations Board decision; EORLA denies access to review
of business plan, then has it posted on-line by Champlain LHIN
January 31, 2008: Dialogue 40: Government
stops home care bidding process after 1500 attend Hamilton rally;
MPP introduces bill to amend Occupational Health and Safety Act
December 13, 2007: Dialogue 39 Study links nursing home
violence to working conditions; Hamilton VON disqualified from
bidding on nursing contract, layoffs to come; Pocket Planners
arriving next week. more...
November 29, 2007: Dialogue 38: Royal Ottawa Mental Health
Centre rents space to clinical service U.S. FDA says has no clear
evidence of working; SE LHIN turns down funding request from
Kingston General Hospital; NUPGE meeting addresses strategies for
diagnostic, clinical and rehab professionals.
November 15, 2007: Dialogue 37: Mental Health Symposium
addresses housing and poverty issues; Unions rally at Humber River
Regional Hospital; Kingston General Hospital fights for funding.
November 2, 2007: Dialogue 36 North East CCAC choses OPSEU;
Province to consult on LTC staffing standards; Thomas speaks at
Local 466 screening of Sicko; Paramedics stage info picket; OPSEU
Mental Health Symposium
October 18: Dialogue 35: McGuinty
adds ER to wait times strategy; public overwhelmingly against
for-profit home care -- poll; locals place ad; OHC/OFL conference
October 4, 2007 Dialogue 34: Former editor of the
New England Journal of Medicine says there is no evidence that
for-profit health care works.
September 20, 2007 Dialogue 33 Special Edition
Liberal, PC, NDP and Green Party platforms on health care (so
far); Upcoming events more...
September 7, 2007 Dialogue 32
Promise of staffing standards in long term care muddied by review;
Protecting members in the event of a LHIN integration; 2nd lawsuit filed.
August 23, 2007 Dialogue 31: UK docs warn Canadian counterparts
about market-based health reforms; Ontario agrees to make safe needles
mandatory -- Smitherman accepts precautionary principle.
August 9, 2007
Champlain CCAC chooses OPSEU; EORLA chooses steering committee;
government increases food allowance for long term care, but no staffing
standards yet; 70 attend Hamilton rally
July 26, 2007
Dialogue 29: Hospital planning cycle begins with release of
2008/10 guide -- mental health programs continue to be at risk
July 5, 2007 Dialogue 28:
Local 479 report highlights shortcomings of Ontario's first P3 hospital;
Ontario Ombudsman wants mandate expanded to hospitals and long term care
June 21, 2007 Dialogue 27 : Closure
of lab sites skips LHIN process; billboard greets Muskoka administrators; L479
presents P3 report on Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre; 85 per cent agree with
precautionary principle (poll)... more
June 7, 2007 Dialogue 26: Hospitals
escalate divestment of work to for-profit labs; Whitby Mental Health Centre
closes board meetings despite OHA policy.
May 24, 2007 Dialogue 25:
Transition to community-based mental health a failure -- forums; Campaign takes
aim at Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare; CanWest goes to court to change the rules
around drug advertising; Ontario "Chaoulli" challenge more politics than law
May 10, 2007: Dialogue Issue 24 - Special
Edition: Historic gathering in Regina calls for implementation of the second
phase of Medicare.
April 26, 2007: Issue
23: Provincial nursing graduate guarantee must respect collective agreements;
HCDC raffle -- did you win?; Needlestick rally May 1st
April 12, 2007: Issue 22:
Bill 171 hearings to take place April 23-24; May Day rally: Safe needles save
lives; Mental health programs expendable?
March 29, 2007: Issue 21: Health care and the Ontario budget, Muskoka
Algonquin suspends activists; Durham rallies to fight cuts to Lakeridge Health
March 15, 2007 Issue 20: LHINs runs from
controversy as transition date approaches
March 1, 2007 Issue 19 --
Fightback on regional lab services continues; workers asked to take off shirts;
Poll says 84 per cent of Ontarians don't feel involved with their LHIN
February 15, 2007
Issue 18 - One in four long term care residents at serious nutrition risk.
Toronto Central LHIN looks to meet with labour. Calendar Woes.
February 1, 2007 Issue 17 - Consolidation of lab services may lead to
longer wait times. Long term care workers win battle for standards. Demonstrate
at health ministers' meeting Feb 9.
January 18, 2007
Issue 16 - Bill 140: OPSEU calls for minimum staffing levels in long term care
homes; The challenge ahead with McGuinty's health care agenda.
January 4, 2007
Issue 15 - Canadian Medicare system discredited to thwart U.S. health reforms?
Health care spending and GDP. Hearings begin on new long term care act.
December 14, 2006
Issue 14 Auditor raises concerns about CT radiation exposure; Under pressure
from the community, Stevenson Memorial Hospital re-examines plan to close
December 1, 2006 Issue 13 Federal
finance minister insists provinces explore privatization option for new
infrastructure; 2007 12-month health care planner coming soon; Service cut in
Alliston calls into question LHIN plan.
November 16, 2006
Issue 12 - No consensus reached on flu transmission -- Ministry likely to follow
U.S. Centres for Disease Control in requiring N95 respirators. New Ottawa
hospital costs $88 million more. Ontarians going without needed care -- poll.
November 2, 2006
Issue 11 - First privately-financed hospital opens
October 19, 2006
Issue 10 - Health care pledge targets municipal candidates, long-term care
revolution? LHINs can’t find staff.
October 5, 2006
Issue 9 - New pandemic plan weak on worker protection, sharps legislation goes
to second reading, protecting workers rights around LHIN integrations
September 21, 2006
Issue 8 - Wait times strategy will be derailed by home-care cuts
September 7, 2006
Issue 7 - Company sends queue jumpers to India, Central LHIN to release draft
plan, OPSEU Health Care Divisional Council tour, Ottawa lab workers to move to
new EORLA model
August 24, 2006 Issue 6 - SE LHIN posts
first integrated health plan, Public Health review, CCACs delve into the cheese
August 10, 2006 Issue 5 Powerful working
group recommends hospitals charge patients for administering "non-funded" cancer
July 27, 2006 Issue 4 LHIN dismisses outspoken
board member, urge docs to support Medicare on August 22
July 13, 2006
Issue 3 Grad Nurse job promises.
June 29, 2006 Issue 2 CCAC mergers
June 15, 2006 Issue 1 Update
on LHINs .pdf