Frustrated by H1N1, sick Toronto health boss leaves job

Why it matters: de Villa’s departure from her position is the latest example of problems that have emerged from years of under-investment in Toronto’s public health system. Major risks: Delays in collecting sufficient data…

Frustrated by H1N1, sick Toronto health boss leaves job

Why it matters: de Villa’s departure from her position is the latest example of problems that have emerged from years of under-investment in Toronto’s public health system.

Major risks: Delays in collecting sufficient data are a significant problem in Toronto Public Health’s analysis of hepatitis C.

To identify transmission, de Villa had to access data that some labs didn’t keep, the report notes.

The article notes: “The [Hepatitis C patient data] has not been uniformly recorded, especially in first checks by phone. Problems have also been experienced in collecting and calculating their numbers.”

What’s next: OSC will form a public inquiry into the problems — but that may take months, documents indicate. In the meantime, chief medical officer of health Dr. Eric Hoskins, previously health minister of Ontario, will lead the department until June 2019.

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