OTTAWA — A federally struck expert panel says the government should create a new agency to oversee rolling out a national pharmacare program.The panel is making two other interim recommendations this morning, including developing a national list of drugs so coverage is the same across the country and spending to gather better data on prescription medications.The government says it will consider the panel’s interim recommendations while it awaits a final report due this spring.By fall, pharmacare is to be dangled in front of voters with the New Democrats promising a universal, public program if elected and the Liberals are expected to make a similar campaign pledge.The Canadian Institute for Health Information says drugs are the fastest-growing component in health spending but unlike hospital care and doctors’ visits, most people’s medication needs aren’t covered by public health insurance.An analysis by the parliamentary budget officer estimated a broad coverage regime would cost $20 billion a year.
This week, Caterpillar welcomed more than 50 Year nine and 10 students from local schools to its assembly plant at Desford, Leicestershire, as part of government’s See Inside Manufacturing initiative. A day of activities was held on 13 June aimed at dispelling some commonly held misconceptions about careers in manufacturing by allowing students to see how Caterpillar’s iconic yellow diggers are produced.“Our aim is to allow students to gain first-hand experience of the wide range of careers that our industry has to offer,” commented Simon Collins, Caterpillar’s HR Manager. “We frequently encounter a lack of appreciation of just how exciting an environment a modern manufacturing facility like ours can be. The ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ initiative allows us to build on our existing school visit programme and join other UK manufacturers in showcasing the very best of British industry.”The students took part in a range of activities during their visit to Caterpillar including a simple assembly test and an understanding of the design process used by the company. Students also met graduate trainees and apprentices, who provided insights into their careers with Caterpillar.For more information on UK automotive See Inside Manufacturing events, click here. To find out more about the wider government initiative, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)