• Posted on January 11th, 2011

    Written by tinapittaway

    Persistence Pays: Ombudsman to Investigate

    It was announced on Jan. 10, 2011 that the Ombudsman of Ontario is undertaking an in-depth investigation of privately owned non-urgent patient transfer services in Ontario.

  • Posted on September 16th, 2010

    Written by tinapittaway

    Ombudsman Launches Review of Province’s Role in Transfers

    The Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario has launched a preliminary review of the co-ordination of non-emergency patient transfer services by the province.

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  • Posted on April 1st, 2010

    Written by tinapittaway

    Seeking patients who have had bad experiences

    Have you or a family member experienced sub-standard care aboard a private transfer vehicle? Are you a worker within the health care sector or within this industry who has been exposed to troubling situations?
    If you know of additional situations that have put patients in harm’s way, please contact me at tpittaway AT sympatico DOT [...]

  • Posted on December 13th, 2009

    Written by tinapittaway

    Hear Risky Business followed by OHA’s Tom Closson

    Follow this link to hear Risky Business, my investigation of the unregulated non-emergency patient transfer industry in Ontario. The story is followed with an interview with Tom Closson, President and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association.

    I have heard from dozens of workers, former workers and patients throughout my investigation of this industry. Please contribute to the ongoing discussion of these services on this website, or contact me directly at tpittaway AT sympatico DOT ca.

    I can offer anonymity to workers or patients concerned about privacy or job security issues.

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  • Posted on December 13th, 2009

    Written by tinapittaway

    Risky Business Transcript

    Download a transcript of Risky Business, which I produced for CBC Radio.
    Risky Business Transcript

  • Posted on December 9th, 2009

    Written by tinapittaway

    Risky Business: Ontario Patients in Harm’s Way

    Each week thousands of patients in Ontario are loaded into the backs of what they think are ambulances, tended to by people that they think are trained paramedics. Wrong on both counts. Tune into The Sunday Edition on CBC Radio One on December 13 just after the ten o’clock news to hear my documentary that explores the truly shocking practices that are taking place aboard these privately owned and unregulated vehicles.

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  • Posted on December 4th, 2009

    Written by tinapittaway

    Back From the Brink

    Every year, thousands of Canadians go into sudden cardiac arrest – their hearts simply stop beating. The vast majority die. But for more than a decade, hypothermia has been a proven method of treating patients whose hearts have stopped functioning.

    In this documentary that I produced for CBC Radio’s The Current we meet Bill MacDonald, a cardiac arrest survivor who was “dead” for 16 minutes, and his devoted friend Ferdy Rochas. And we also meet the talented team of doctors and researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and at Life Recovery Systems in New Jersey who are doing much to improve the outcomes of patients like Bill.

    This documentary received the World Gold Medal at the 2009 New York Festivals in the Health and Medical category.
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