Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Record must be made every time a patient is harmed or dies while receiving treatment

The Observer, Sunday 6 December 2009

"Hospitals, GPs' surgeries and all other healthcare providers
will in future have to log every time a patient is
harmed or dies while receiving treatment."

But, is this a loophole
that needs to be looked after?

A European Court of Human Rights decision.
"Whilst it was arguable that doctors had a duty not to falsify medical records under the common law (Sir Donaldson MR’s “duty of candour”), before Powell v Boladz there was no binding decision of the courts as to the existence of such a duty. As the law stands now, however, doctors have no duty to give the parents of a child who died as a result of their negligence a truthful account of the circumstances of the death, nor even to refrain from deliberately falsifying records."
The decision can be accessed from this page searching for "decision" and "application no.
45305/99" to see -

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Daughter saves mother, 80, left by doctors to starve

Alive nine months after medics ruled she had only days to live, withdrew her antibiotics and denied her artificial feeding. The former school matron had been placed on a controversial care plan intended to ease the last days of dying patients.

Surviving Hospitals

Wouldn't a Patient Advocate committed to pro-actively guiding patients and their family members through the medical maze be a blessing, here in Ontario?

Bill C-384 to be Debated in House of Commons
A bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide in Canada
Advocacy Alert

Sample Letter
to express opposition to Bill C-384.
to a Member of Parliament
Click Here

Friday, September 04, 2009

Local Health Integration Network seeks input

If you care about how health care is provided,

a provincial agency wants to hear from you.

The South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), which manages health care in the region, is seeking public input on its latest approach.

Reaching for Excellence,

the South East's draft IHSP

is now available for comment

After hundreds of conversations with area residents and health service providers, the South East LHIN has released its Draft Integrated Health Services Plan (2010/11 - 2012/13). The LHIN is seeking public feedback on the draft priorities until Sept. 23.

Surviving Hospitals

Hospitals routinely decide who dies

Saturday, August 01, 2009

A 'comedy of errors'

"....the family's concerns were properly addressed by the patient relations office."

Things haven't changed much?

"One wrong (medication) could kill her. I know that she's complicated but on top of her dying, I shouldn't be afraid of them doing something to her."


Nurses Association director
by story

August 6, 2009


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Canada's swine flu shame

The Canadian government's failure
to protect indigenous communities
is a sign of deep-rooted discrimination

"Discrimination", I don't think so!
This old phrase is apt,
"see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil"?

Actually this condition is too prevalent worldwide!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Ontario is prepared for Swine Flu Threat ! ?

The World Health Organisation has confirmed
that swine flu continues to spread
at a pace of 1000 new infections per day.
Friday, May 22, 2009

I wonder if these perceived threats are helpful?

If an individual misinterprets information, and this will have serious life threatening implications on that individual's health and life, wouldn't an ethical health provider at least make an attempt to ensure that the cause for the misinterpretation was effectively explained?

Is it ethical to repeatedly aggravate, instead of minimizing, the concern?

Is it reasonable to assume that, without an attempt to clear up the cause for the "misinterpretation", there effectively is not any misinterpretation?

The following letters may provide some clarification.

November 9, 2001, letter, Attention: Hospital Chief Executive Office


April 14, 2003, letter Attention: The Honourable Tony Clement
Minister of Health (Ontario)

Epidemic and Pandemic Alert
and Response (EPR)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Call for ‘Robbie’s Law’ for medical mistakes

"Make it a legal requirement to inform patients, or their next of kin, if there has been an error or incident in a patient’s healthcare which has, or may, cause harm."



Thursday, April 16, 2009

Self regulation in the "HEALTH PROFESSIONS?"

A nurse who secretly filmed to reveal the neglect of elderly patients at a hospital has been found guilty of misconduct at a disciplinary hearing.

I tried to put things right and get standards improved. I prepared a report, but no one took on board what I was saying.

You don't blow the whistle on colleagues
and they don't on you.

Harold Shipman travesty, an example!?

Dr Reynolds, who was a partner in the Brooke practice opposite to Shipman's Market Street surgery, risked her career by triggering the first police investigation into the Hyde doctor in March 1998.

Is this another example of the value of "self regulation"?

Wouldn't this be nice?
Maybe the tooth fairy really exists!

Doctors 'must root out bad care'

"We need to create a culture where doctors are obliged to challenge each other.
It is not happening everywhere at the moment.
There is a silence among professionals.

Time to make a noise in support of the whistleblowers

Friday 24 April 2009

Here's an interesting book on thr topic.

Medical self-regulation
Crisis and Change

Royal College of Nursing
launches whistleblower hotline
after poll reveals victimisation fears
Sunday 10 May 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

Fair Notice

"An important change in how organ and tissue donation decisions are registered in Ontario.

Now, when you register or renew your health card at a ServiceOntario Office, you will be advised that only a “YES” to organ and tissue donation is being collected and stored in the OHIP database."

Patient with Down's syndrome starves in hospital

"The NHS must condemn the death of a vulnerable patient who starved to death in hospital after 26 days without being properly fed"

Monday, March 09, 2009

Friday, March 06, 2009

Thursday, March 05, 2009


Assisted suicide becomes legal in Washington on Thursday

Monday, February 16, 2009

Medical Records

Officals say the proposed legislation on data sharing is essential to the delivery of better public services and not a threat to patient confidentiality

has come with the territory for medical practitioners since the inception of the trade. "All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession", the original Hippocratic oath decreed, "I will keep secret and will never reveal."

Online Accessibility Of Health Records. What! Me Worry‽

Sunday, February 08, 2009

'Death' doctor faces extradition

A doctor charged over the death of a patient faces extradition to Britain after she was arrested in the US.

Doctor guilty of patient manslaughter
Friday 6 February 2009
An NHS doctor who injected an intensive care patient with adrenaline against the advice of three colleagues was today convicted of manslaughter.

Compare to Canada's "Standard!?".

Epinephrine also referred to as adrenaline

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

NHS is 'institutionally ageist'

"Many geriatricians think ageism is rife in NHS, poll suggests
Nearly half blame institutional ageism for poor treatment of older patients"

Aren't we fortunate that Canada is such a caring Country?
So respectful of its citizens whether they be young or old
or any age in between?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Warning issued on mixing blood-pressure drugs

"aging oldtool from Canada writes: Well isn't this a wonderful piece of Friday morning news to come across as I'm downing my combo of high blood pressure drugs knowing the chances of seeing my doctor are nil at least well into next week."

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Surgical checklist

"A simple safety check during major operations could prevent millions of people around the world from suffering surgical complications and save the lives of thousands of patients, according to a new study published today."

Why has the Medical "Profession" apparently been so determined not to adapt a time proven procedure that has been perfected by real "professionals" in another public service, AIRCREW, in the military and airline passenger and air freight industry. Maybe, it might be that an error in one profession, normally only harms the recipient of the service, while in the other, both the recipient and the service provider are at risk when errors occur?

Look at this previous observation!

The lessons pilots can teach surgeons
Debrief sessions, like those carried out by pilots, could reduce surgery errors
24 January 2009

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