Is Section 51 a Black Hole for Patient Safety Learning? I am writing this blog post at a time when COVID-19 has taken over our lives, in virtually every domain. I was planning on raising questions about several consequences of Section 51 of the Evidence Act in British [...]
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Waiting for the Court: The Cambie Surgical Clinic challenge to Medicare As you may know, the pleadings are finished in the major court case in British Columbia challenging the universality of Canada’s Medicare plan. The case has been brought by an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Day, on behalf of [...]
An Op-Ed piece that never saw the light of day What follows is a response to the report of the Auditor-General of Ontario, released in early December 2019. The report included a section on my favourite subject, patient safety, and I felt it was necessary to raise some [...]
Applying SNAP! To Healthcare Let’s suppose for a moment that you are an “outdoors” type – into hiking, cycling, orienteering, and generally exploring the world. You decide you would like to travel on the Danube, from its headwaters in the Donaueschingen region to the Black Sea. Before you [...]
Taking the Train from Toronto to Vancouver: A One Act Play (Patient Harm from Patient Safety Events in Canada) Setting the scene. Your cousin, living in Vancouver has just informed you that he is getting married in two months time. He has invited you and your family to [...]
Ever Kill Somebody With Your Bare Hands? A figure glides silent with muted rubber-soled footfalls down a long, darkened corridor. Head slightly forward and intent, there is no notice paid either way between the two hunched forms seated in a cocoon of cool white lamplight at the desk [...]
Rx: T3’s for Healthcare This blog is intended to be a safe space for the exploration of important ideas and questions related to the healthcare system in Canada. The title (Rx:T3’s for Healthcare) refers to prescriptions that will help us to discover ways to improve the present situation. [...]