According To an alternative Aource, Woodstocks’ hospital can’t Balance Its’ Books?

According to the chairman of the Southwest Local Health Integration Network, Norm Gamble, in a statement made on Friday, Woodstock General Hospital has failed to submit a balanced budget for this year, and it has not signed a two-year accountability agreement by April 1, 2008 as is mandated.
Woodstock is one of four hospitals under the networks care that has failed to file balanced budgets. The others are in Tillsonburg, Strathroy and Owen Sound.
“Usually when a hospital hasn’t been able to (balance the budget), then the LHIN has stepped in with an outside advisor or peer review or there’s different approaches to how they can get some outside influence to make it happen,” he said.
My Advice?
Balance the damned books before they come and do it for you!
And for gosh sakes…just why wouldn’t you folks want to sign the accountability agreement?????
That is bothersome to me. You are in a position of public trust, and your job is to administer the hospital, so perform your function and sign the paper…and do your jobs…in an accountable manner.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted June 22, 2008 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    It’s unthinkable that this sector isn’t subject to the same kind of oversight as the rest of government.
    Hundreds of organizations fall under our scrutiny and are the better for it. Why should these most important institutions, which literally deal with matters of life and death, be left out?

  2. Anonymous
    Posted June 22, 2008 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    As usual Bender and his druggies would prefer that services be cut to balance a budget rather than address the issue of a lack of funding to meet the increased demand here in the City. But of course, that’s all we expect from him.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted June 23, 2008 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    “It’s unthinkable that this sector isn’t subject to the same kind of oversight as the rest of government.”

    Yeah. The “rest of government” is a shining example of fiscal responsibility. Get serious.

    ‘As usual Bender and his druggies would prefer that services be cut to balance a budget…”

    Jim said nothing that remotely resembles the above. Anyone that can read knows this so why you’d try to pretend otherwise is beyond me.

    Woodstock General’s management has failed to live up to its obligations to the Health Ministry. That has nothing to do with funding and everything to do with mismanagement. They don’t need more money. They need competent management.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted June 24, 2008 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    they are trying to get the city and county to sign an agreement to take over the management of our hospital on a p3 agreement, see if the hospital cannot do its books by the time alloted, for the first time in one hundred years ladies and gents, then they have more ammo to get the deal signed. this is called fringe privatization, leading into two tier medical care.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted June 24, 2008 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    We already have two tier care. The people with money and influence are always first in line. The rest of us line up and hope for the best.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted July 11, 2008 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    If you can get past the corpses on the way to triage.

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