Hamilton hospitals down 675 employees amid record-high health-care worker shortages

Hamilton's two hospital organizations, Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH), need 675 new employees to address the current workforce shortage.In a joint news release, the two organizations warned that service impacts and increasingly high wait times are likely to be an ongoing reality for Hamilton's hospitals as record-high health-care worker and physician shortages persist across Ontario and Canada, and as the predicted seventh wave of COVID-19 arrives earlier than expected.According to the hospitals, despite aggressive recruitment efforts, the number of qualified applicants is often not enough to fill vacancies."Every day, we're caring for more patients than...

Premier Blaine Higgs defends sweeping changes to health-care leadership

Premier Blaine Higgs is defending what he calls his "shock and awe" changes to New Brunswick's health-care system leadership last Friday.He replaced the health minister, fired the head of the Horizon Health Network and replaced the boards of directors of both Horizon and Vitalité with a single trustee each.Higgs says his actions demonstrate a suitable sense of urgency for a system in "crisis," which he contends wasn't coming across from those managing the system."We're going to always find people that resist change. But the time for changing our system and getting it on a road to improvement is now," he said Monday."And sometimes...

AI chatbots can efficiently promote a healthy lifestyle

Artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots are capable of mimicking human interactions with the help of oral, written, or verbal communication with the user. AI chatbots can provide important health-related information and services, ultimately leading to promising technology-facilitated interventions. Study: Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based Chatbots in Promoting Health Behavioral Changes: A Systematic Review. Image Credit: TippaPatt / Shutterstock.com AI chatbots in healthcare Current digital telehealth and therapeutic interventions are associated with several challenges including unsustainability, low adherence, and inflexibility. AI chatbots are capable of overcoming these challenges and providing personalized on-demand support, higher interactivity, and higher sustainability. AI chatbots utilize data input from various...

The healing power of art: Indigenous artists bring to life Indigenous healthcare education resource | Faculty of Health Sciences |...

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the Indigenous artwork created for a new Queen’s healthcare education resource has a long, important story to tell.  From discrimination and healthcare rights to Indigenous ways of healing, the collection of artwork serves as a visual way for healthcare learners to meaningfully engage with the TRC’s Calls to Action on the path to Reconciliation and health equity.  Queen’s University recently launched the toolkit for students, faculty, administrators, and staff. Guided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Actions on education, health, and education for Reconciliation, the resource features modules on...

‘Grave mistake’: Health care providers urge province to reinstate mask mandates in health-care settings

A growing group of health care providers is calling on the province to reverse its decision to remove mask mandates in settings with vulnerable people.A letter of appeal to the provincial government, launched by York Region emergency room Dr. Stephen Flindall and signed by almost 100 physicians and other concerned individuals, is seeking a return to provincial mandates in all Ontario health care settings.“We believe the recent decision by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care was a grave mistake,” the letter says, because it puts vulnerable patients at risk and sends a...

Health-care workers sue province, top doctor over mandatory COVID-19 vaccination, testing

Sixteen unvaccinated health-care workers who were placed on unpaid leave last fall are suing the Manitoba government and multiple health authorities over the province's mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and testing policies. In a statement of claim filed June 23, the group claims the policy violated their charter rights because it forced them to disclose private health information about their COVID-19 vaccination status under the threat of disciplinary measures or losing their livelihood. The lawsuit names the attorneys general of Manitoba and Canada, Dr. Brent Roussin, the chief provincial public health officer, and the regional health authorities as defendants. The claim says the policy violates several charter...

Doctor says N.B. health-care system ‘sinking faster than the Titanic’ – New Brunswick

Dr. Mark Waite, who practices family medicine in the Greater Moncton Area, said New Brunswick’s health-care system “is sinking faster than the Titanic” in a social media post on Tuesday. Between his own clinic, two after-hours clinics and hospital rounds, he says he works well over 50 hours a week.“I just wanted to vent my frustrations with what I’ve been seeing day after day. I mean, the problem has been building up for some time. When I started five years ago, there were issues that just continue to grow worse,” he said in an interview on Wednesday.In his post, he...