We're 7th best:
By Sandra MacGregor
Area health care ranks high
Maclean's magazine's favourable ranking of London in its annual
health report is arousing very conflicting responses.
According to the magazine's third annual health report, published June
11, London's health care services are among the best in Canada. London
ranked seventh among all health communities and third in the category of
communities with medical schools.
The health report, compiled by the Canadian Institute for Health Information
and Statistics Canada, ranks the quality of health care in 54 regions across
Canada. The report ranks a total of 15 indicators such as life expectancy,
elderly services and prenatal care.
London mayor Anne Marie DeCicco said she was “especially proud” of London's
favorable showing. “The health care system in our community is a very important
part of what we do in London. The priorities we set as a community appear
to be providing benefits,” DeCicco said.
Others in the community, however, viewed London's ranking with more
Cynthia Kenyon, the associate dean of undergraduate medical education
in the faculty of medicine and dentistry, noted, although the London medical
community has a lot to offer, it is far from perfect.
According to Kenyon, the overall shortage of medical staff in London
is putting a great deal of pressure on the entire medical community and
a growing number of doctors are taking stress leave.
London's favorable ranking can be attributed to the strength of research
taking place in the area, she said. “[There is] great research going on
in London and therefore new ideas in health care are quickly transferred
Jennifer Zelmer, director for health reports and analysis for the Canadian
Institute for Health Information, the organization which complied the data
for the Maclean's rankings, stated some caution must be used when
assessing each community's rankings.
“No one community is the best in everything or the worst in everything.
The communities have the potential to learn from each other,” Zelmer said.