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Looming privatization of home care will hurt staff, clients: advocates

Privatization of home care is a hot-button topic as Ontario moves toward the June 2nd election. Premier Doug Ford’s government has bandied the idea about wanting to bring back a competitive bidding model that started the “systematic privatization” of home care in 1996 under Mike Harris’ leadership. Under the privatization model, for-profit Home and Community…

Image shows Unionized health care workers in Sudbury took part in a lunch hour rally near Health Sciences North Tuesday to call for the repeal of Bill 124 which limits wages and bargaining rights for public sector workers in Ontario.

Sudbury hospital and health care workers rally and call for an end to Bill 124

Unionized health care workers in Sudbury shouted and hollered their disapproval of Doug Ford’s government and Bill 124 at a public rally near Health Sciences North on Tuesday. The event was organized by OCHU (Ontario Council of Hospital Unions) and CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) and was attended by several Health Sciences North employees…

Image shows two medical personnel in white lab coats, with face masks and face shields, standing on either side of a hospital bed. There's lots of medical equipment in the background.

Soaring COVID infections among health-care workers prompt hospitals to cancel surgeries, redeploy nurses

COVID-19 infections of health-care workers — among the highest levels since the start of the pandemic — are resulting in surgery cancellations or delays and reduced emergency department hours and capacity in several hospitals across the province. Staff absences are also forcing hospitals to redeploy nurses to cover for sick colleagues and to ask some…

Image shows Ontario Premier Doug Ford standing in front of a podium, smiling into the mic and gesturing with his left hand outwards. The podium reads "Back to work, back to life" and features the Runnymede Healthcare Centre logo.

Doug Ford’s government is quietly privatizing health care

Words matter. Recently, Health Minister Christine Elliott announced the expansion of private hospitals in Ontario. Missed this? So did many of us, possibly because of the words she selected: “we can let independent health facilities operate private hospitals.” That offhand reference to “independent health facilities” sounds a whole lot better than this: “We will award…