Volume 96, Issue 4

Thursday, June 13, 2002
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London's health care quality slip sliding away

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London's health care quality slip sliding away

By Derek Rhodenizer
Gazette Staff

This year's Maclean's health care rankings rate London as 11th in the country, a drop from last year's seventh place spot.

"Health indicators were collected across the country by the Canadian Institute for Health Information and released three weeks ago," said Cindra Pulcins, manager of health indicators for CIHI.

"We supplied the data and Maclean's interpreted it," Pulcins SAID, adding Maclean's analysed data for urban centres with a population above 125,000.

"The overall scores are crowded together," said Bob Marshall, a Maclean's representative, explaining all of the top cities are close together, differing in some cases by just a few points. He also said the ranking system exaggerate differences.

The western areas of Canada took the top positions with northwest Vancouver ranked as number one and Edmonton and Victoria tying for second place. Ontario rounded out the bottom of the top 10 with Ottawa placing ninth, Toronto 10th and London finishing 11th, just out of the top ten.

"A drop from seven to eleven is not a significant drop," explained Marshall, adding the movement is fairly static. According to Marshall, Maclean's used seven new indicators this year, which may explain London's change in rank.

"I don't know if I have a clear answer," said Jim Silcox, acting dean of the faculty of medicine and dentistry at Western, when asked why London dropped in this year's ranking of health care programs in Canada.

"The perimeters have changed by Maclean's rather randomly," explained Silcox, adding the ranking has not been around for very long and they would be more meaningful if one could look at a trend of several years while using the same criteria.

"It is difficult to look at this new data and make an immediate decision," Silcox said, adding he is not particularly concerned with the drop in the rankings.

The London Health Sciences Centre could not be reached for comment.

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