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The “Big Squeeze” on hospital budgets in Ontario: Get ready for the backlash

Since shortly after the 2008-2009 downturn, Ontario’s relatively modest economic growth has meant for public services a prolonged period of austerity. For the healthcare sector, where annual growth had previously been in the 6.5% range, the change from the base of 2010-11 to 2.6% per annum, representing a slight decline in real per capita terms, has been painful. This reduction in spending growth has been largely borne by the hospital sector, where after contracted salary increases, inflation, etc., are factored in, there has been essentially zero growth for nearly a decade.

Why is Transformation of Healthcare so Hard?

The need for change in healthcare has been obvious for years. Many studies have been conducted and recommendations made on what’s needed to meet optimally the needs of the population in the current and coming decades. But change itself has been very scarce.

Major clinical cancer trial collaboration announced

The internationally-recognized, Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG) at Queen’s University, together with the US-based Cancer Research Institute (CRI), announced a multi-year, multi-trial collaboration today, designed to accelerate the clinical development of new immunotherapy treatments for cancer.

A forecast of my next six months

I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to do with myself. Though not entirely true, I am about to start six months, technically known as administrative leave and commonly known as sabbatical. So, you won’t see me blogging until I get back in July, but I assure you that I will be back reenergized, recharged, and firing on eight cylinders for my final two years in my term as dean.

Dr. Chris Simpson

(Acting) Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University