SUDBURY, ON, Feb. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Following decades of cuts to
hospitals, sick, frail Ontarians from Sudbury to Windsor to Cornwall,
are being pushed out of hospital while acutely ill. Hardest hit are the
elderly who are not getting the rehabilitative therapies and
restorative and convalescent care they need, a report to be released in
Sudbury on February 25, 2014, has found.
The study Pushed Out of Hospital, Abandoned at Home: After Twenty Years of Budget
Cuts, Ontario's Health System is Failing Patients, chronicles the qualitative experiences of hundreds of patients and
their families from across Ontario, who called a 1-800 patient hotline.
The report will be released Wednesday February 25th at 2 p.m. at a media conference at the Royal Canadian Legion, Royal
Canadian Legion BR23, 150 First Ave. W North Bay, On.
Set up for over a period of a year, the patient hotline is a joint
initiative of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists
and Audiologists (OSLA) and the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions
(OCHU) the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees
Over 20 years the province has cut 19,000 hospital beds, many of them
assess and restore and continuing care beds, once the mainstay of
convalescent care for older patients. Today access to in-hospital
restorative care and rehabilitation therapies is severely reduced and
the promised "outpatient" services in the community and home are
"This leaves many elderly patients, who really should be cared for in
hospital, abandoned at home, without the care and therapies they need,"
says OSLA's Mary Cook.
"A key finding of the report is that, far from delivering 'the right
care, in the right place, at the right time,' as the Ontario's health
minister claims, health reforms are failing Ontario patients,
particularly the elderly, abysmally. Age discrimination is actively at
play in Ontario's healthcare system," says OCHU's Michael Hurley.
In addition to identifying the key failings of the province's,
out-of-hospital, at home care model, Pushed Out of Hospital, Abandoned at Home offers substantive solutions to make health services better for
patients, particularly the elderly.
SOURCE: Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (CUPE)
For further information:
Michael Hurley, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions 416.884.0770
Stella Yeadon CUPE Communications 416.559.9300