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"Accountability can be beneficial, but too much or the wrong kind of accountability can divert resources and diminish returns." Comment from David Kirsch on How Do the Approaches to Accountability Compare for Charities Working in International Development?  Healthcare Policy Special issue - Approaches to Accountability


Problems at clinics should prompt rethink on competitions for hospital services by Rick Janson

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From Healthcare Policy Vol. 10 (SP) online today.
Accountability in the Ontario Cancer Services System: A Qualitative Study of System Leaders’ Perspectives
Jessica Bytautas, Mark Dobrow, Terrence Sullivan and Adalsteinn Brown
Cancer Care Ontario operates under a model of accountable governance that has been hailed as exemplary. The authors of this paper explored cancer system leaders’ views on the balance and perceived efficacy of approaches to accountability in this context.

Imagine a world where bacterial infections kill children by the tens of thousands, where surgery is highly risky and often deadly because of postsurgical infections, and where chemotherapy is useless and transplants impossible because patients’ would be ravaged by pathogens.
(Nigeria) Microbiological analysis of swabs taken from the cuffs and pocket mouths of physicians' white coats in an acute care hospital showed that 91.3% of the coats had bacterial contamination
...recent years in Canada and the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria have raised concern about the problem and underlined the need for healthcare authorities to react vigorously.
We are taking the latest evidence from health care research and accelerating the spread and use of that knowledge where it counts – on the front line.

Why is Healthcare in Canada, and Alberta in Particular, so Costly? See Dr. Stephen Duckett's the slide presentation, Breakfast with the Chiefs, September 17, 2014

Home & Community Care Expert Panel seeks your input!

Globe public editor: A new standard set for reporting on mental health

Last Week in Canadian Healthcare History
October 8, 1643:
Jeanne Mance opens Hôtel Dieu in Montreal.
October 8, 1970: Quebec medical specialist strike over Medicare issues.
October 9, 1944: Federal Government establishes the department of Health and Welfare.

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  • Ruby Brown to Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Health, Government of Alberta, Edmonton AB
  • Dr. Eddy Lang to Zone Clinical Department Head and Head, Department of Emergency Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary AB
  • Dr. Graham King to Site Chief of Surgery, St. Joseph’s Hospital, London, ON
  • James Dorsey to Mediator between Unionized staff and Nova Scotia hospitals and clinics, Halifax, NS
  • Chirfi Guindo to President and Managing Director, Merck Canada Inc
  • Karen Matty to Board Chair, Fraser Health, Surrey, BC
  • Alex Lambert to CEO, Group Health Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
  • Cathy Cassidy-Gifford to Vice president and Chief Nursing Officer, Brockville General Hospital, Brockville, ON
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