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MPP advocates for province to help treat rare diseases on Consider This Live

Kitchener-Consestoga MPP Michael Harris talks about his proposal to create an all-party committee to review the funding and treatment of Ontarians with rare diseases during Consider This Live as part of the Drive Time with Dave Glover on Northumberland 89.7 FM. He makes his case for reform and talks about the crippling costs families are facing. Listen carefully for his view on Pharmacare, and how the changes will be funded in a time of hospital cutbacks. He also tells some heart-wrenching stories about families affected. It is a timely, compelling discussion. Continue Reading →

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LHIN should release report to community

By Robert Washburn

It appears consultants and bureaucrats are more important than you and me when it comes to any discussion of proposed changes to Northumberland Hills Hospital. And, any sense of transparency or public accountability has gone out the window, according to media reports last week. “A directive (was released late Monday) to defer internal and external engagement activities regarding 2016/2017…the first phase of the Hospital Improvement Plan,” according to the local news media. Meanwhile, the Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN) floated tidbits to the public in its own report on a consultant’s recommendations regarding $2.5 million in cuts to the hospital over two years. There will be changes to support services, medical and surgical units, as well as combining the restorative and palliative care units. Continue Reading →

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Time for feds to step up on hospital funding

By Robert Washburn

Healthcare is the number one issue in this election a recent poll showed, period. Yet, it is being largely ignored on the national campaign trail. Local candidates gave brief statements in the media last week. But at a recent healthcare debate organized by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, Conservative candidate Adam Moulton did not participate, sending a clear message to voters. With the Northumberland Hills Hospital consultant’s review pending release later this month, the debate over healthcare in this riding seems even more urgent. Continue Reading →

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Northumberland Hills Hospital takes risk as review takes place

By Robert Washburn

As Northumberland Hills Hospital board waits for bids to close next week on its contract to undertake an operational review, it is striking how big a gamble officials are taking. Back in October, with just one quarter of the fiscal year under its belt, Chief Executive Officer Linda Davis and the board of directors knew a money crunch was coming. Within no time, the Local Integrated Health Network (LHIN) for the Central East area was notified. It immediately moved into action. Representatives were sent to review all aspects. Continue Reading →

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Push for national drug plan needed

By Robert Washburn

Creating a national drug plan is in the news these days following the release of a major study in the Canadian Medical Journal this week saying it is affordable and doable. It was also one of many subjects raised at a recent public meeting talking about local healthcare issues held in Port Hope. It is not complex. People would be charged $2 to get a prescription filled anywhere in Canada ($10 if it was a brand-name). It would also establish a national formulary of eligible drugs. Continue Reading →

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