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Thursday, 17 October 2013
Canada's throne speech - health has been ignored and undermined
It is enough to make a grown health care worker cry.
The annual ritual of the throne speech, a document that lays
out in words the direction that the government will pursue in the upcoming
Health is mentioned eleven times in the speech.
·First in relation to fiscal policy on health
·Second in extolling government investment in
resources that leads to spin off benefits in supporting health care
“Renew investments in health research to
tackle the growing onset of dementia, and related illnesses;”
families expect safe and healthy communities in which to raise their children.
They want to address poverty and other persistent social problems, access safe
and reliable infrastructure, and enjoy a clean and healthy environment.”
the first action of the government is to “reintroduce and pass the Respect for Communties Act” (see DrPHealth
July 10 )
National Anti-Drug Strategy to address the growing problem of prescription drug
o“Close loopholes that allow for feeding of
addiction under the guise of treatment”
·Under a section on Canada’s Northern Sovereignty
is a self congratulatory statement on investment in health care in the north (with
no promise for further addressing inequities)
·Under a section on Promoting Canadian Values (excuse
me but where did we come up with such a strong value statement?)
know that free and healthy societies require the full participation of women.
Canada has taken a leadership role in addressing the health challenges facing
women, infants and children in the world’s poorest countries. These efforts are
saving millions of lives.”
Government will continue to work in partnership with Aboriginal peoples to
create healthy, prosperous, self-sufficient communities”
Put into perspective “tax” is mentioned 23 times. Derivatives of “econom” 30, “Canad” 219, and evidence
of ego boosting in “our Government” is listed 142 times, this is only added to
by 18 mentions of the word government alone.
Okay there are a couple of glimpses of good news – the dearth
of these is disheartening
·Build on the successful Housing First
approach and its renewed Homelessness Partnering Strategy to help house
further action to improve air quality nationwide;
If you are wanting to read a health tragedy, it can be
accessed at Throne speech