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Health Ministry criticized for allowing smoking at airport terminal

The Israel Airports Authority was denounced on Wednesday by public health groups for reinstating “smoking rooms” at Ben-Gurion Airport after they were barred three years ago and the Health Ministry for “doing nothing except for issuing statements” against it. 

The authority claimed on Channel 12 News that because smokers lit up secretly and illegally in restrooms before their flights, they had to set up smoking rooms in Terminal 3. 

A successful class-action suit by Amos Hausner, the chairman of the Israel Council for the Prevention of Smoking, and lawyer Omer Feintoch forced the closing of the smoking areas three years ago, but now the Airports Authority has ignored it. 

“We were astounded by the news and are considering the appropriate legal action,” Hausner told The Jerusalem Post.

The Airports Authority could have continued to bar the smoking rooms and installed sensors and smoke alarms in all the restrooms to catch violators and fine them. Nearly all US airports and many of the world’s busiest airports are completely smoke-free.  

Passengers in the Duty Free at Ben Gurion International airport near Tel Aviv on February 1, 2023. (credit: ARIE LEIB ABRAMS/FLASH 90)

Health groups warn against smoking

The Israel Association of Public Health Physicians, the Medical Society for Smoking Prevention and Cessation, and the Israel Medical Association protested, saying that “Smoking rooms kill. Their return is an unfortunate decision that reflects the retreat in the fight against the toxic harm of smoking, which stems from a lack of political commitment to public health.”

They added that the Health Ministry’s and other ministries’ “Failure to protect the public from the tobacco industry and its damage is costing lives. Of the 8,000 Israelis who die in an average year from tobacco, about 800 are non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke. It has been proven

Advanced Health Intelligence Ltd Selected as Finalist for Singapore Ministry of Health Project


  • AHI’s final presentation is on September 29 on stage in Singapore, where three winners will be granted a validation project for up to SGD $400,000 with a Ministry of Health (MOH) cluster.

South Perth, Australia–(Newsfile Corp. – September 13, 2023) – Advanced Health Intelligence Ltd (ASX: AHI) (NASDAQ: AHI) (“Advanced Health Intelligence” or “AHI”) is proud to announce its selection from 163 registrations from 28 countries as a finalist in the prestigious 2023 InnoMatch program. Singapore’s Healthcare InnoMatch is a platform that seeks to accelerate the adoption of near-market or market-ready healthcare innovations that are fit for mainstream use to bridge the last mile from innovation to adoption at speed at scale. The event is scheduled for September 29, 2023.

This esteemed program is supported by key healthcare organisations in Singapore, including the Singapore National Healthcare Group (NHG), the Singapore National University Health Systems (NUHS), and SingHealth. Singapore’s Ministry of Health established its ‘Healthier SG’ initiative, a long-term, multi-year effort involving substantial financial commitment. The initial setup costs for the program are estimated at S$1 billion over the next three to four years, with an additional annual budget of S$400 million for recurrent costs.

A total of 163 participants from 28 different countries registered for Healthcare InnoMatch in 2023. Following a thorough evaluation process by Cluster Innovation Teams, Synapxe, and Temasek Foundation, 7 of the applicants have been selected as finalists and AHI are proud to announce that AHI is one of the seven selected finalists in this prestigious program. The Finale is scheduled for September 29, 2023, the event will allow AHI to present its ground-breaking biometric health assessment (BHA) solution live on stage, showcasing how it effectively addresses the pressing challenges that Singapore faces across its aging population. Three finalists will be granted a contract with a

Prime Minister announces changes to the Ministry

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced changes to the Ministry. The new Ministry, adding to a strong core economic team, is ready to deliver on what matters most to Canadians: making life more affordable for the middle class, growing the economy, and building a strong future for people from coast to coast to coast.

Building on the work done since 2015 to invest in Canadians and to strengthen the middle class and those working hard to join it, the team will continue to move forward on housing and putting more money back in families’ pockets. To deliver a better future for everyone, the team will also continue to fight climate change and walk the shared path of reconciliation.

The changes to the Ministry are as follows:

  • Anita Anand becomes President of the Treasury Board
  • Marie-Claude Bibeau becomes Minister of National Revenue
  • Bill Blair becomes Minister of National Defence
  • Randy Boissonnault becomes Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages
  • Jean-Yves Duclos becomes Minister of Public Services and Procurement
  • Sean Fraser becomes Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities
  • Karina Gould becomes Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
  • Mark Holland becomes Minister of Health
  • Ahmed Hussen becomes Minister of International Development
  • Gudie Hutchings becomes Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • Kamal Khera becomes Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities
  • Dominic LeBlanc becomes Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Diane Lebouthillier becomes Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Lawrence MacAulay becomes Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
  • Marc Miller becomes Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
  • Mary Ng becomes Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development
  • Seamus O’Regan Jr. becomes Minister of Labour and Seniors
  • Ginette Petitpas Taylor becomes Minister of Veterans

HDGH submits plan to Ministry of Health for mental health bed expansion

Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare in Windsor is submitting a functional plan to the Ministry of Health for a mental health bed expansion project.

Work over the past 18 months has resulted in a submission that includes block diagrams of the building and physical space need to support the programs and services related to this expansion.

The project calls for 68 acute mental health bed expansion, urgent psychiatric crisis service in the Tayfour Tower, providing urgent/emergent service and crisis service, relocation and renovation of inpatient rehabilitative care, diagnostic Imaging – adding ultrasound and CT Services – in a new expanded space, and renal service.

The inpatient mental health bed expansion will allow HDGH to grow and create a mental health and addictions system for the community, offering all hospital-based mental health services at one location to improve access and patient care. 

Dr. Andrea Steen, Chief of Staff and Vice President of Medical Affairs, Mental Health & Addictions and Quality & Performance says this is a significant step in the process.

“Once you get the money to go forward with this stage of planning, we really do have the government support on this so now it’s going forward with our proposal,” says Dr. Steen.  “As Bill (Marra) was saying, we definitely will get some back and forth and some questions but the hope will be, we’ll answer those questions and we will continue to move forward.”     

She says the beds are expected to open between the next seven to eight years.

“We have to make some moves for the rehab beds to the back before we can start to build out the beds here,” says Dr. Steen.  “So I mean I always hope that things will go a little quicker and I think it depends on political will sometimes but the hope will

Health ministry ran ‘VIP lane’ for contracts to buy face masks

The Dutch government prioritised “politically sensitive” bidders for protective equipment contracts at the start of the coronavirus pandemic because it was anxious about negative publicity, a report has found.

The Volkskrant reports that the health ministry drew up a ‘VIP lane’ of 239 bidders, mostly big businesses and well connected entrepreneurs, out of the 3,600 offers to buy face masks, surgical gloves and other medical garments.

Among the VIPs was Sywert van Lienden, a prominent former Christian Democrat (CDA) activist whose not-for-profit organisation Stichting Hulptroepen Alliantie, was awarded a €100 million contract to import masks from China.

It later emerged that the deal had been routed through a limited company set up by Van Lienden and two associates, netting them a total of €20 million in profits.

The then health minister, Hugo de Jonge, contacted civil servants urging them to do a deal with Van Lienden, arguing that it was better to have him “inside pissing out than outside pissing in”.

Other entrepreneurs who successfully used their political contacts to secure lucrative PPE contracts included Ferrari dealer Frits Kroymans, who earned an estimated €35 million from buying medical gowns.

Many of those on the VIP list had little or no experience of importing medical equipment before the pandemic began, according to a report by Deloitte into the contracts.

Coathanger CEO

They included Sjoerd Fauser, the CEO of a company that makes sustainable coathangers, who secured a €29.5 million advance payment from the health ministry to import breathing apparatus and a €17.5 million order for Chinese face masks.

Fauser owed his place on the list to his father Bart, a professor of reproductive medicine at Utrecht university, and his partner, the former Labour party (PvdA) senator and interior minister Guusje ter Horst.

Ter Horst recommended Sjoerd Fauser to the family doctors’

Sask. Ministry of Health give timeline of health professional work expansion

Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Health said it is following through on a previous announcement to expand the range of services that pharmacists, advanced care paramedics, and nurse practitioners can provide patients.

The ministry said changes will come over the next year as it works with stakeholders to amend policies and regulations.

The Saskatchewan government said pharmacists will be able to independently prescribe, as well as order lab tests and conduct point-of-care testing, like drawing a blood sample to help patients manage diabetes or cholesterol.

Nurse practitioners will have extended privileges for admitting and discharging patients in some hospital areas. They’ll also be able to examine long-term care patients and be responsible for medical care, treatment and death certificates of residents.

Advanced care paramedics will be able to perform suturing for lacerations, cuts and minor wounds.

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The province had said on Feb. 2 that it would be looking at making these changes.

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Sask. to introduce expanded roles for pharmacists, nurse practitioners and paramedics

“These changes will empower our highly qualified pharmacists, nurse practitioners and paramedics, giving them the opportunity to make greater use of their skills and expertise to further support patient care,” Health Minister Paul Merriman said.

“Enhancing scope of practice will enable Saskatchewan pharmacists in hospitals and communities to serve patients with pharmaceutical care and medication management in a safe and timely manner,” said Amy Wiebe, president of the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals Council.

“These changes will help build primary care capacity, ease health care system pressures, and improve access to care for patients.”

She said there have been steps to broaden the scope of what pharmacists can do over several years, noting that this is an evolving process.

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Wiebe said pharmacists have been reliant on practitioners who could prescribe

Health ministry experts to inspect troubled Lakeshore Hospital ER

“I would say it’s the same, no improvement,” a source said of the emergency room. “It’s very frustrating.”

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A team of Quebec Health Ministry experts is to descend on the emergency room of Lakeshore General Hospital on Tuesday to determine whether it’s in compliance with government directives, the Montreal Gazette has learned.

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B.C. ministry overrules parents, orders surgery for boy’s rare condition

Surgery went ahead over their objections because doctors had applied to the Ministry of Children and Family Development for an interim custody order

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The parents of a baby boy born with a rare condition that affects multiple body systems have lost their last-minute bid to get an injunction against having a breathing tube inserted into his airway.

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Lack of Ontario long COVID strategy risks care: ministry documents

Ontario’s lack of a long COVID strategy has led the health sector to cobble together “fragmented” clinics that are at risk of closure and may lead to little to no support for patients, internal Ministry of Health documents warn.

Long COVID is not yet well understood, but the current and likely rising volume of patients will have an effect on Ontario’s recovery and may place added pressures on emergency rooms, say the documents obtained under a Freedom of Information request.

“Ontario does not have a coordinated approach to care for patients with PCC (Post COVID-19 Condition),” the health ministry’s strategic policy branch wrote last June.

“While some providers are responding to the immediate demand for post-COVID care, these offerings are insufficient, fragmented, and unsustainable without dedicated funding.”

Between 10 and 20 per cent of people who have had COVID-19 still experience symptoms 12 or more weeks post-infection, the documents note. Researchers estimate 1.4 million Canadians are living with long COVID. The documents highlight possible effects on both the health-care system and the economy, with a survey suggesting more than 70 per cent of long COVID patients have had to take time off work.

Other provinces are “national leaders in PCC care,” the document says, pointing to British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec.

Health ministry mum on plans for care

Ontario Health Minister Sylvia Jones and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore have made conflicting statements as to whether a long COVID strategy is in the works, so The Canadian Press submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

The documents include an undated 34-page record withheld in its entirety because it would reveal cabinet deliberations, a two-part presentation to the health minister’s office from the strategic policy branch in October, and an almost entirely redacted document from December

Nearly half of Quebec private seniors’ homes lack generators, Health Ministry data shows

Seniors at Manoir de Casson, a private seniors’ residence in Montreal’s Saint-Laurent borough, had to wait 28 hours to have their power restored during this month's ice storm. (Rowan Kennedy/CBC - image credit)

Seniors at Manoir de Casson, a private seniors’ residence in Montreal’s Saint-Laurent borough, had to wait 28 hours to have their power restored during this month’s ice storm. (Rowan Kennedy/CBC – image credit)

Quebec is considering making generators mandatory in private seniors’ homes, more than a week after an ice storm plunged the province in the dark.

Forty-seven per cent of Quebec’s private seniors’ residences (RPAs) don’t have an emergency generator, Radio-Canada is reporting. Unlike hospitals and CHSLDs, RPAs are not required to have generators.

A spokesperson for Premier François Legault’s office, Ewan Sauvé, told Radio-Canada the Quebec government is gathering information before taking action but is “not ruling anything out at this stage.”

The government is currently looking into which of the province’s RPAs lost power during the storm and are without generators, according to Sarah Bigras, a spokesperson for Quebec’s  minister responsible for seniors Sonia Bélanger.

Data Radio-Canada gleaned from the Ministry of Health and Social Services shows the shares of RPAs without generators: Montreal (30 per cent), Laval (33 per cent), Montérégie (37 per cent), Laurentians (40 per cent) and the Eastern Townships (41 per cent).

The percentage of residences without emergency power climbs to 70 in the region of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and 77 per cent in the Gaspé and the Magdalen Islands.

Rowan Kennedy/CBC

Rowan Kennedy/CBC

When the ice storm hit Quebec earlier this month, cutting power to millions of people, the Manoir de Casson, a private seniors’ residence in Montreal’s Saint-Laurent borough, lost electricity for over a day.

Kira McGee, the residence’s general manager, was grateful to have a backup plan.

“When we saw it was getting critical, the generator kicked right in,” she said. She said the residence was fortunate enough to have electricity in the common areas, which allowed staff to provide hot food.

For McGee,

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