The Tyee has published my article Dying to Save Taxpayer Dollars, a review of Dan Zuberi's book Cleaning Up: How Hospital Outsourcing is Hurting Workers and Endangering Patients. Excerpt:
Over a decade of blogging disease outbreaks and public health disasters did not prepare me for this book. I read it first with shock, then with horror, and then with anger.
Shock, because Dan Zuberi, an associate professor of social policy at the University of Toronto, has documented a public health disaster right here in B.C., and across Canada, that has never been described so vividly before -- and by those involved in the disaster.
Horror, because he describes the needless suffering and death of thousands of Canadians every year, in the very hospitals where they go to be healed, for reasons the health-care system understands very well but doesn't talk about much in public.
And anger because the suffering and death are the consequences of deliberate policy decisions by our federal and provincial governments since the mid-1990s.