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N.B. health authority says it’s working to improve strained emergency departments – New Brunswick

The interim president and CEO of New Brunswick’s Horizon Health Network says they are working on improvements as emergency department wait times and hospital capacity remain at critical levels.

Margaret Melanson told reporters Friday that staff at Horizon’s four regional hospitals are “extremely busy.” The average occupancy rate for their hospitals is 106 per cent, above the national benchmark of 85 per cent.

“When our hospital occupancy levels are above 100 per cent, there is a direct impact on the wait times within our emergency departments,” Melanson said, explaining that patients who need acute care services need to wait in the emergency department until an inpatient bed is available.

“This means longer wait times for people experiencing non-urgent medical issues.”

Melanson said “seasonal pressures” like the recent holidays and respiratory disease season are further clogging emergency rooms.

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She said a “major surge” of patients are presenting to emergency departments, a “significant number” of whom are very ill. As well, there are ongoing staffing shortages due to ongoing vacancies and illness.

“This is always a busy time of year for our emergency departments, but this year was especially trying,” she said. “This situation is representative of ongoing challenges facing our health-care system right now.”

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Patient speaks out about N.B. hospital capacity issues

The emergency room situation in New Brunswick has been in the spotlight in recent weeks. Over the holidays, Vitalité Health Network, the province’s francophone health authority, asked that people avoid two of its emergency rooms unless they required critical care.

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Members of the public, as well as the New Brunswick Nursing Union, the Paramedic Association of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Medical Society, have spoken out about overcrowding and high wait

Weeneebayko Area Health Authority works to transform health care with support of UHN

Gloria Stoney waited five days in October to be medevaced to Toronto from her home in Peawanuck, Ont. – a Cree community near the shore of Hudson Bay – after she began experiencing serious cardiac symptoms.

“I didn’t feel so comfortable, but my family was there to take care of me and make sure I wasn’t alone,” she says.

Upon arriving at Toronto General Hospital, she was admitted immediately for further work-up and was able to return home to Peawanuck while she was monitored remotely. A short time later, she was flown out to Kingston, Ont., for more testing and returned home at the end of November. 

Gloria’s experience criss-crossing the province could soon become less common for local residents thanks to efforts by the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA) that are being supported by physicians at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, University Health Network (UHN).

With limited access to specialized cardiac care in the region, patients such as Gloria Stoney must travel more than 1,300 kilometres south by a combination of boat, train, plane and car ​​​​​(supplied image)

Building on an existing 2017 partnership, WAHA and UHN have signed a five-year memorandum of understanding that would support the cardiovascular needs of James Bay and Hudson Bay communities with a focus on direct care and remote management. That includes building local capacity and making use of remote technologies and other digital tools to bring diagnostics and treatment closer to where patients live.

“Signing the MOU emphasizes WAHA and UHN’s joint dedication to enhancing cardiac care in the James and Hudson Bay region,” says Lynne Innes, WAHA’s president and CEO. “Together, we’re working to improve cardiac care delivery, making it more accessible while enhancing quality of life.

“This partnership is a significant example of how health equity can be advanced

Sask. Health Authority slow to fix issues at Saskatoon special-care homes: provincial auditor

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has “made little progress” fixing issues at contracted special-care homes in and around Saskatoon, according to the provincial auditor’s newest report.

The report, published Wednesday, found 13 of the 15 contracted special-care homes in Saskatoon — which provide 24-hour care to people who can’t care for themselves — had more than 27.5 per cent of residents using anti-psychotic drugs without a diagnosis of psychosis.

“This is often an indicator that special care home staff are chemically managing their residents,” auditor Tara Clemett said.

The report found the performance results at three of the special care homes in and around Saskatoon have worsened since a previous audit in 2019. Four of the six performance measures were unchanged compared with an earlier 2017 audit, it said.

Those elderly care homes aren’t the only ones found to have this issue, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

About 34 per cent of residents on anti-psychotic medication in Saskatchewan care homes are undiagnosed, according to documented data from the institute. It’s the highest percentage among Canadian provinces, with the Canadian average at about 25 per cent.

The trend of potentially inappropriate use of anti-psychotic drugs in Long-Term Care homes as released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information in both Saskatchewan and Canada. Saskatchewan increased from 27.5 per cent in 2018-19 to 34.3 per cent in 2022-2023.
The trend of potentially inappropriate use of anti-psychotic drugs in Long-Term Care homes as released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information in both Saskatchewan and Canada. Saskatchewan increased from 27.5 per cent in 2018-19 to 34.3 per cent in 2022-2023. (Canadian Institute for Health Information)

The report said the health authority and private operators of the homes are developing a new contract expected to be complete by March. The auditor expects that will set the bar for quality and accountability, and clearly lay out roles. 

However, the health authority needs to work with the homes to improve its performance and quality of care, the report said.

“Failure to address non-compliance

Wildfire Health Services Updates | Health and Social Services Authority

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With evacuations and impacts from wildfires in the NWT access to care and services will be a bit different than normal. See below for the best current information on what services and supports the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority has put in place. 

If you need general information about supports other than health and social services the GNWT has a comprehensive overview at www.gov.nt.ca/public-safety. You can also call NWT 811 for general information on evacuation supports. In the NWT dial 811, outside the NWT dial 1-844-259-1793. For health information, call 811 in the receiving Province of Evacuation.



  • Primary care clinics in Calgary are prepared to care for the primary care needs of evacuees. If you are an evacuee in Calgary, you can use Alberta’s 811 which can help to connect you to a primary care clinic.  
  • Patients being discharged from Calgary-area hospitals who need to be connected to a primary care practitioner will be connected with a local provider through the discharge-planning process.

Your regular pharmacy may be able to transfer your prescription from your home location to your current evacuation location, so please try this first. If you are an Alberta Blue Cross member, you can find information about services related to prescriptions here.

The following pharmacies have provided ways to follow them for updates on their status.

  • Wally’s Drugs, Fort Smith
  • Rings Pharmacy, Hay River
  • Co-op Pharmacy, Yellowknife
  • Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, Yellowknife
  • Wal-Mart Pharmacy, Yellowknife
    • Call the regular number 1-833-768-1146 and a representative will be available.
  • Sutherlands Drugs, Yellowknife
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, Yellowknife
    • Pharmacy is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, all other in-store services are closed. To talk

Aiforia signs a major deal with an Italian Regional Health Authority

Aiforia Technologies PlcInside information, 29 June 2023 at 10:30 a.m. EEST. The Veneto Region Health Authority in Italy has selected Aiforia Technologies Plc as a partner for AI-assisted diagnostics in its clinical pathology laboratories.

The collaboration involves the use of Aiforia software in a total of 12 hospital units for the analysis of tissue samples from breast and prostate cancer patients. The three-year contract covers the analysis of up to 200,000 samples using Aiforia software and the use of an AI model development tool. The total value of the contract is over EUR 1.2 million and the payments will spread over the contract period 2023-2026. The contract also includes an option for a three-year continuation period.


The contract is part of an initiative to digitize the pathology laboratories of the Veneto region hospitals, including, for example, a laboratory information system provided by TESI Group and AI solutions for image analysis by Aiforia. The main provider in this tender is a GPI S.p.A. lead consortium, and Aiforia is one of their subcontractors.


“We are excited to serve the Veneto region with our AI solutions as part of the digitalization process of the anatomical pathology laboratories. This collaboration strengthens our position in the European clinical pathology market and contributes to the recognition that our solutions meet the needs of clinical pathology laboratories,” says Jukka Tapaninen, CEO of Aiforia.


Aiforia does not publish short-term outlooks or financial targets. The company has set short- and medium-term business targets, including acquiring five customers in clinical diagnostics by the end of 2023. This agreement is a significant step towards achieving these goals.



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Jukka Tapaninen, CEO, Aiforia Technologies Plc, tel. +33 61 041 6686 https://investors.aiforia.com/ 


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Vancouver urgent care clinic suspends some services over legal battle with health authority

The day before Vancouver’s first urgent and primary care centre opened in 2018, the provincial government held a news conference celebrating the facility as a step toward improving the quality of health-care in the city.

“We want people to get the care they need in their community,” Health Minister Adrian Dix said that Sunday.

Less than five years later, that relationship has soured.

The clinic is deep into a legal battle that it says has ultimately forced doctors to stop providing patients with ultrasounds, X-rays and other critical diagnostic tests, despite having the equipment to do so in-house.

“Unfortunately, when our patients are coming to us at their most distressed state, we’re having to tell them that they can’t go and get the test done right now, even though we have the facilities down the hall,” said Dr. Eric Cadesky, a family physician and the chief medical officer for Seymour Health.

A tall white man in a blue, purple and white checked shirt stands in an empty medical lab.
Dr. Eric Cadesky is pictured in a vacant lab at the City Centre Clinic in Vancouver on June 13, 2023. He says the clinic has been running $2.1-million worth of tests each year. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

“We have to send them elsewhere. It’s heartbreaking for us.”

The issue at the heart of a B.C. Supreme Court case is a bitter fight over billing for those diagnostic services, which, according to court documents, has left the clinic’s owners vulnerable to a takeover with more than $10 million in debt.

B.C. approached Seymour Health for help

The saga started when the government approached Seymour Health, a private company, about launching an urgent and primary care clinic (UPCC) in Vancouver earlier in 2018. The company said the province wanted to emulate the success of its existing team-based clinic in the South Granville area.

Seymour Health eventually opened two UPCCs: the City Centre Clinic

Saskatchewan Health Authority outlines $4.8B budget, plans for future of health care

The Saskatchewan government and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) have outlined their budget for 2023-24 and it includes nearly $5 billion in funding.

On Thursday, the SHA board of directors approved a $4.82-billion operating budget for the 2023-24 fiscal year, as well as a capital expenditure plan of more than $314.7 million.

“Our Board recognizes the critical role our services play in supporting a high quality of life for all Saskatchewan residents,” Arlene Wiks, the SHA board chair, said. “The budget approved today strengthens those services by prioritizing investments that will enhance care for the patients and residents we serve across the province.”

A few key areas outlined in the budget include:

  • $42.5 million will be dedicated to the surgical program, providing an additional 6,000 procedures, for a total of 103,000 surgeries this fiscal year.
  • $39 million to support seniors’ care and facilitate seniors living in their own homes and the community.
  • $19.8-million increase to support 64 permanent acute and complex care beds located at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon (36 beds) and Pasqua Hospital in Regina.

Mental health

Moving forward, the SHA also outlined an emphasis on mental health and addictions resources.

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The budget includes $12.4 million to address new and ongoing mental health and addictions initiatives. There will also be an additional 150 addiction treatment spaces introduced in the province.

At the St. John’s Hospital in Estevan, 26 post-treatment beds have also been expanded. Rapid access to counselling services is also being expanded from 23 to 31 communities.

Overdose Outreach Teams in Regina and Saskatoon will connect people who have recently experienced an overdose with programs and services.

As part of looking forward, the SHA is also looking back at the success of the new tactics put in place for recruiting health-care workers to

Fired ambulance company sues N.L. Well being Section, regional health authority

A paramedic looks contemplative, sitting with a strecher and medical supplies in the background.
Wade Smith, viewed in this article in a file picture, owns Smith’s Ambulance Support, a private ambulance operator. (Mark Cumby/CBC)

An ambulance services that experienced its deal for products and services in the Whitbourne space terminated abruptly previously this month has submitted a lawsuit in opposition to the provincial Section of Wellness and the area’s regional health and fitness authority.

In a assertion of declare filed past 7 days in the Supreme Courtroom of Newfoundland and Labrador, Smith’s Ambulance Service says it was terminated devoid of see on March 2 and dispute resolution methods outlined in the ambulance service arrangement ended up not followed. 

The firm has been supplying ambulance service to the Whitbourne location considering that 1996 and signed its most modern agreement with the provincial government and Japanese Health in January.

Some Smith’s Ambulance employees told CBC News they located out their employer’s agreement was severed, leaving them with no careers, by way of an Japanese Health push launch posted to Fb on the evening of March 2. 

In paperwork submitted in court docket, Smith’s stated Jap Well being despatched the corporation a letter in mid-June that alleged the enterprise experienced breached its ambulance service settlement on June 1. 

Smith’s said the letter didn’t comply with their deal or let them to overview the circumstance and answer before motion was taken. The corporation also alleges Japanese Wellbeing did not notify it of the potential breach of agreement within three days of turning out to be conscious of it, as its contract demands. 

A female paramedic sits inside an ambulance with an automated external defibrillator layed on top of a stretcher. She is pressing a button on the defibrillators.
A principal-treatment paramedic with Smith’s Ambulance Support checks ambulance products right before her change starts in this picture from November. (Heather Gillis/CBC)

The assertion of claim also said the corporation worked with Eastern Health to resolve troubles but was nonetheless anxious about the breach of agreement

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