Media Advisory - Teleconference call for northern Ontario media December 7, 2011 on campaign to advocate for elderly patients pushed out of hospital while acutely ill or denied acute care services they desperately need

TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2011 /CNW/ - Representatives of the Ontario Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists and the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE will hold a media teleconference for northern Ontario media on December 7, 2011 at 10 a.m. The dial in # is 877-250-4348. Access code is 5142734#.

The teleconference call will discuss the campaign to advocate for elderly patients who are pushed out of hospital while they are acutely ill or who are denied acute care services they need. Patients are also being denied access to services like speech language pathology (for assistance with swallowing and speech) following a stroke because they are discharged earlier than they should be, without treatment or the appropriate follow-up.

Ontario has the fewest number of acute hospital beds of any developed economy in the world. Botswana Panama and Albania have more hospital beds than Ontario, which ranks alongside Peru, Cape Verde and Cameroon. Ontario's hospital occupancy rate of 97.9% results in many patients, primarily elderly, being discharged prematurely some to unregulated retirement homes, with deadly consequences.

A hotline has been established for patients or their family members to call to report their experiences. The hotline number is 888-599-0770.




SOURCE Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

For further information:

Mary Cook, Executive Director, Ontario Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists
416-920-3676

Michael Hurley, President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE
416-884-0770


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