Ontarians went to the polls yesterday, electing a majority Liberal government. Premier Wynne has promised to reintroduce the budget within 20 days of the election. Some of the health highlights from the government’s fiscal plan include:
- guaranteeing that every Ontarian has access to a primary care provider;
- continuing to reduce health-care wait times, focusing on referrals to specialists;
- funding 20 more hospices; and
- continuing to expand the scope of practice for nurses and pharmacists.
We offer our sincere congratulations to Premier Kathleen Wynne and her team on their election victory. We look forward to working with Premier Wynne on issues that impact health and innovation policies in the province of Ontario.
This week is National Blood Donor Week in Canada. According to Canadian Blood Services, every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. In fact, 52 per cent of Canadians say they, or a family member, have needed blood or blood products for surgery or for medical treatment. If you are between the ages of 16 and 70 and in good health, you may be a candidate for blood donation. To find out more about how and where to donate, call 1-888-2-DONATE or visit www.blood.ca
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Graham Boeckh Foundation have partnered together to announce the launch of ACCESS Canada, a research network developed by TRAM – Transformational Research in Adolescent Mental Health. In Canada, adolescents and youth have the least access to mental health care. ACCESS Canada seeks to bring research innovations to the front lines of health care, to ensure that more young Canadians are connected to the services they need.