As Kingston’s Providence Care prepares to shed nearly a fifth of its workforce and close beds at the former Kingston Psychiatric Hospital, there have been a number of media stories this week providing clear evidence capacity for mental health services in Canada is already woefully inadequate.
Yesterday CTV reported that Canada’s police chiefs called upon government to step up support for mental health services.
Association President Jim Chu of the Vancouver Police services said the number of people apprehended in that city under the Mental Health Act has more than quadrupled since 2002.
“We went from the agency of last resort to the mental health service agency of first resort,” Chu told CTV. “And that’s wrong. That’s failing those who are mentally ill and who deserve better care.”
Some days it just feels like whack-a-mole.
It’s another city, another privileged individual, and another plea for two-tier medicine.
Michel Bilodeau, described by the Ottawa Citizen as the dean of Ottawa’s hospital chiefs, says he supports the right of Canadians to buy private medical insurance to pay for health services covered under Medicare.
Bilodeau was recently enticed out of retirement from his $373,000/year job at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. He is serving as interim chief at Bruyere Continuing Care after the former CEO abruptly resigned.
Bilodeau says we have to stop considering the current system as dogma and look at what works and what doesn’t.
The Champlain Local Health Integration Network has confirmed Chantale LeClerc as its permanent CEO.
LeClerc had been serving as interim CEO upon the departure of Alex Munter, who left six months ago to serve as CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
LeClerc, a former nurse, has been with the LHIN since 2008. Prior to stepping into Munter’s shoes, she was senior director of health system integration.
LeClerc has impressive credentials, including graduating from a management program for nursing executives at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
LeClerc is the third CEO of the Champlain LHIN since it was created in 2005. Of the 14 LHINs, only three have their original CEOs – Erie St. Clair (Gary Switzer), Central West (Mimi Low-Young) and South East (Paul Huras).
The Drummond Commission for Public Sector reform recommended a wage increase for LHIN CEOs given the turnover of senior management, many leaving for hospital jobs.
According to the Ottawa Citizen, Ms. Leclerc will earn about $249,000 this year.