"Ooh La La"
They'll trap you, then they use youBack in 1973, Ronnie Wood, of the Faces, was singing about women and the way life turned out in that track "Ooh La La" but you'd be forgiven if you thought he was describing the way British Columbia doctors now seem to feel about their patients and their profession.
Before you even know,
For love is blind and you're far too kind,
Don't ever let it show.
I wish that I knew what I know now
When I was younger.
I wish that I knew what I know now
When I was stronger.
A third of British Columbia family physicians said they would have chosen a different career if they had known the hassles and headaches they'd face as doctors, according to a new poll. [SAS: British Columbia Healthcare Study (PDF)]
"[I]t should be a rewarding career, but there are certain hassles every day that make some doctors feel crummy at the end of the day like the huge volume of messages, the stacks of e-mail and faxes, that greet them every morning when the waiting room is already full of patients," BC Medical Association president Dr Bill Mackie said. Stress is a problem, said Dr Mackie. "[T]he consequences of a misstep such as a misdiagnosis can be frightening, if not horrifying." He added, "Patients can be unreasonably demanding. It's nice when they show appreciation for good care." [Vancouver Sun]
Got a hankering to hear the tune now? Check out this rendition by a handful of Canadian musicians:
A leaking ship?
Several leaks at the Chalk River nuclear reactor facility in December expelled tritium into the air and radioactive water directly into the Ottawa River. The incident only came to light because Sun Media got a copy of an internal safety commission report. [Daily Observer]
Green Party communications director John Bennett accused the nuclear safety officials of being reluctant to order the facility shutdown because that would halt the production of medical imaging radioisotopes. "Of course, is the nuclear safety commission going to shut down that reactor for safety after what happened a year ago? The people responsible for safety are afraid to shut it down because the last time they held up production, their president got fired." [Globe and Mail]
Even the Prime Minister's Office was not informed of the leaks. "Whatever happened," the Toronto Sun wrote in an editorial, "all of us have a right to know when there's a radiation leak at a reactor, no matter how 'safe.'" [Toronto Sun]
By sheer coincidence, Nature today published an essay by BC Cancer Agency researcher Thomas Ruth about the need to develop a new way to produce medical isotopes in order to avoid the uncertainty of relying on a single, apparently unreliable, nuclear reactor. "Shockingly, there are no clear plans in place for how to tackle this problem. My colleagues and I see viable mid-term and long-term solutions. Each relies on a very different plan. But both involve accelerators, rather than reactors." [Nature] [Ottawa Citizen] [CBC News]
Burned by the budget
When the Conservative government presented its budget on Tuesday, Genome Canada, an independent research organization, saw its annual government funding drop from $140 million to zero. "We got nothing, nothing, and we don't know why," Genome Canada president and CEO Martin Godbout, who was described as "stunned" told The Globe and Mail. "We're devastated." [The Globe and Mail] [CBC News] Kady O'Malley speculated that the government may have simply forgotten to include Genome Canada in the budget. [Macleans.ca]
An Aussie in Alberta
An Australian was named head of the Alberta Health Services board. Stephen Duckett is already somewhat known in Canada for writing a Canadian Medical Association Journal article in 2005 warning against privatization. [CMAJ] "Public funding of health services is a core principle of medicare and that, as far as I'm concerned, is not on the agenda," he told the Edmonton Journal. [Edmonton Journal] [Calgary Herald] [Canadian Press]
Agent Orange fight lingers
Some New Brunswickers are upset that their claims for compensation for exposure to Agent Orange have not been approved. [Fredericton Daily Gleaner]
Doc donates a kidney
Dr Naeem Bhojani, a Montreal urology resident, donated a kidney to save his mother, who is in hospital with an autoimmune disease. [Montreal Gazette]
Good news for Dr Bhojani: A new American study in NEJM found that kidney donors live just as long and as just as healthy lives as non-donors. [NEJM abstract] [CBC News]
"Facebook for doctors"
Asklepios, the Canadian Medical Association's Facebookish social networking website, has rapidly gained in popularity since it was launched in August, with nearly 1,300 doctors registered. [CMA News]
So much for long-term planning
The Health Council Canada will release a report tomorrow blasting Canadian governments for failing to create a national pharmaceutical strategy, which was promised in the 10-year Health Accord signed by the federal government and the provinces in 2004. [Health Council of Canada]
Does masturbation cause prostate cancer? Dr Amy Tuteur investigates. [Open Salon]