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
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
Michael Hurley, President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE