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Kathleen Finlay

CEO of The Center for Patient Protection and founder of The Zero Now Campaign to fight sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Kathleen Finlay is CEO of The Center for Patient Protection and founder of The Zero Now Campaign to fight sexual misconduct in the workplace.  She is an internationally recognized voice for empowering patients and families to achieve safer care in the hospital setting and for combating medical errors and the emotional harm they cause.  She was previously involved in the regulation of Canada's capital markets.  Over the years Kathleen advised cabinet ministers and senior government officials on intergovernmental affairs and in the development of financial public policy and legislation, including the creation of the flagship legislation that saw the Ontario Securities Commission transitioned to a self-funding body.  Long concerned about the rights of women to be free from sexual misconduct in the workplace, and a survivor herself, Kathleen founded The Zero Now Campaign to fight sexual misconduct and to help its victims rebuild their careers.  She is a frequent commentator in the media and has been a regular contributor to HuffPost since 2012.  She holds a B.A. (Hons) from Victoria University and an M.A. (first class standing) from the University of Toronto.  She is a published author on Ontario legislative history and provided principal research for the best-selling Canada and the Reagan Challenge, considered one of the best contemporary studies of Canada-U.S. relations. 

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We Must End the Silence Surrounding Hospital Suicides

In Canada, it's not clear to what extent inpatient suicides, or unsuccessful attempts that lead to disability, are considered "never events" by healthcare decision makers, or who is keeping track of them for that matter. The fact is there is a wall of secrecy that surrounds hospital suicide and attempts at self-harm in Canada.
09/15/2015 12:17 EDT
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Keep Ageism Out of the Hospital

A new Canadian study shows that age is a critical factor in the kind of treatment patients receive. According to the research, which involved patients with traumatic spinal cord injuries, "patients over 70 years of age experienced considerable delays between admission and surgery."
07/07/2015 05:37 EDT
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Quiet Heroes Are Making Hospitals Safer

Visit any major city in North America and you will quickly discover the link between cash and name recognition in healthcare. Some rich person gives a few million to an urban hospital and their name goes up on a wing. Recently, a generous $3 million donation to Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital was celebrated in a full-page advertisement in Canada's national newspape
06/24/2015 12:30 EDT
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Canada's Healthcare System Should Be More Transparent Like the U.S.

In the U.S., the Center for Patient Protection recently reviewed the data top hospital rating organizations provide about hospital safety performance. They cover the smallest community hospitals right up to the biggest teaching facilities, in a format where access to the information is quick and user-friendly. You won't find similar information anywhere in Canada.
05/28/2015 05:33 EDT
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We Must Address the Abuse of Anti-Psychotic Drugs in Hospitals

A government agency in Ontario has called for nursing homes in that province to re-evaluate their use of antipsychotic medications like quetiapine (marketed under the brand name Seroquel). What is missing from these studies and investigations, however, is what is happening with these drugs in hospitals. I learned about Seroquel, like so many patients and families have, the hard way.
05/20/2015 05:25 EDT
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Three Ways to Help Your Family Navigate a Safer Hospital Experience

When patients cannot be fully engaged with their care and the decisions being made, that responsibility becomes the family's. There is no more precious gift you can give your mom or dad than the gift of hospital safety. My mother's doctors repeatedly warned that her demise was imminent. Without a vigilant family, it would have been.
05/08/2015 08:31 EDT
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Canadian Doctors Should Learn to Apologize

Patient Protection Canada has heard from families across the country and beyond about their horrible hospital experiences. Almost none ever received an apology. That cold, hard reality is backed up by my own experience involving the lengthy hospitalization of my elderly mother a few years ago. Despite raising a number of questions and concerns about these and other matters, and never even hinting at legal action, no apology was ever forthcoming from this major hospital.
12/20/2014 02:56 EST
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When Will Governments Get Tough on Sexual Harassment?

It's no longer a matter of discretion on the part of employers to permit smoking in the workplace. Why? Because its effects are known to be toxic. Sexual harassment can be no less toxic to those affected. It's time our political leaders got that message. They need to stop allowing employers, including governments themselves, to turn a blind eye when sexual harassment and reprisals occur, and put in place tough laws that really protect women.
12/11/2014 05:36 EST