Will it really have taken 20 years to fix Manitoba patient safety?

I got a lot of feedback about my opinion on the idea that Theresa Oswald could somehow be a credible choice for families if she took over the Manitoba NDP, and I will return to it soon. 
 
But Monday I was sent a press release that to me, hits home how seriously incompetent the Oswald and the people who followed her as Health Minister have been. It opens: 
 
NEW FIVE-YEAR FRAMEWORK LAUNCHED

TO ENHANCE PATIENT SAFETY:  MINISTER BLADY
The Manitoba government is launching an updated five-year framework to guide work and further enhance patient safety across the province, Health Minister Sharon Blady announced today, marking the start of Patient Safety Week.
“While front-line health-care providers across Manitoba are working hard to make patient care as safe as possible, even one injury is one too many,” said Minister Blady. “Our number one priority is to ensure the best health care possible and to prevent these injuries from happening.”
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FIVE YEARS TO FIX RISKS TO PATIENT SAFETY ?
AFTER BEING IN CHARGE OF IT FOR 15 YEARS? 
 
I wish I had stopped reading right then and there:
 
Work will be undertaken in five key areas, including:
• supporting a client-centred focus including enhancing patient and family-centred care;
• enhancing transparency and accountability, developing trust and open communication between health-care providers, patients and the public, and public reporting of cases, performance and trends;
• improving governance and leadership, such as ensuring a visible commitment to patient safety at the highest levels and throughout the system;
• continuously improving clinical services, with targeted strategies to improve patient safety and the way care is delivered to reduce the risk of patients being harmed; and
• developing organizational cultures that support continuous learning and improving, rather than blaming.

 
So “clients”, a stupid word bureaucrats are using to describe  SICK PATIENTS, will finally be the focus of things? “Clients”? 
 
“Trust” is important NOW, but wasn’t before? 
 
Blady will develop a “culture” that does not support “blaming”? Isn’t that a bureaucrats’ way of saying no one – especially unionized workers – will face consequences?
 
And then, the government tries to flip the issue on its head: 
 
• measuring successes in several areas including surgery, medication safety, infection prevention and control, and pressure ulcers; and
• identifying, reviewing and learning from reported patient safety incidents and sharing lessons learned to improve system planning.

 
“Measuring successes”? 
 
How about measuring FAILURE RATES for things like pressure ulcers, which are more often than not a sign of neglecting a patient. 
 
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Which brings me to: “Learning, sharing lesson learned”
 
As “clients” of their health care system, we need bigger change than they can deliver in this pathetic press release.
They’re killing us, and not with humor because this isn’t funny.
 
Brian Sinclair was a learning experience for Theresa Oswald? 
 
Those 2 sick patients ferried home from the Grace Hospital by taxis who died were a learning experience for Erin Selby? 
 
The way @MsBehavior’s Baba Dubs was neglected, got sicker in hospital with an infection, and died, was that Sharon Blady’s learning experience too? 
 
I hope mothers and families have learned something from this. These health ministers could have to listened to families and patients and hospital workersBEFORE the victims listed above died so the “system” could “learn”.
 
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Maybe if they cared more about people instead of unions. And their own political skins. 

 

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