OPSEU Diablogue: The TPP will hurt health care

Canada’s health care system will suffer deep and irreversible damage if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is ratified in its current form. The TPP is a free trade agreement negotiated between 12 Pacific Rim countries: Canada, Chile, Mexico, Peru, the … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: An ounce of prevention: Fighting poverty improves health

Imagine two children, born on the same day, at the same hospital, to different parents.  One family is rich, the other is poor.  Experts say one of those kids will grow up to be healthier than the other. Which one … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Why are we risking Canada’s blood supply – again?

The tainted blood scandal was the worst public health disaster in Canadian history. In the 1980s and 1990s, more than 30,000 Canadians became infected with HIV and Hepatitis C. This was due to government and bureaucratic failure to protect the … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: “Care as a relationship” is key to good long-term care: research

What are long-term care residences around the world doing right?  That’s the question an international research team travelled across North America and Europe to find out. Led by Pat Armstrong and Donna Baines, researchers visited nursing homes in Canada, Germany, … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Press conference aborted after doc asks question about cuts to refugee health plan

University Health Network CEO Bob Bells tried to apologize after a doctor and a medical student interrupted a press conference by Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver at the Toronto General Hospital yesterday. Is this really Dr. Bell’s role? The … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Frail and elderly asked to pay more in Ontario

Frail and elderly residents in Ontario’s nursing homes may be paying in more ways than one for the province’s budget shortfall. While Health Minister Deb Matthews is holding the line on increases to long-term care funding to 2.8 per cent … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: A reminder of what we’re fighting for

OPSEU represents about 36,000 health care professionals and support staff who work in settings ranging from community mental health to large urban hospitals. When it comes to this BLOG, we don’t hide our perspective as workers. We hope that those … Continue reading →