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Police call on government to step up mental health support

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.”

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Two-tier dogma from an Ottawa hospital chief

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.

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