At times of viral global outbreaks like the Coronavirus, Ontario’s overcrowded, underfunded hospitals severely disadvantaged

Ontario’s overcrowded, understaffed and underfunded hospitals are already challenged under the strain of a growing and aging population, and as a result they are, “severely disadvantaged at times of viral global outbreaks, like the Coronavirus now spreading to North America from China,” says Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions.

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OCHU asks government to increase budgets for health services in 2020 by 5.3%

In its presentation to the Finance Committee of the Ontario Legislature on the 2020 provincial budget, the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions calls on the provincial government to fund health services in line with their real cost increases. Healthcare institutions are facing cost increases estimated to be 5.3% in 2020. These costs are driven by a growing and aging population.

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Ontario Hospitals: Leaders in Efficiency

Ontario hospitals lead the country with their longstanding, lean operational performance. However, they are clearly showing signs of strain – largely due to multiple years of funding restraint, the lack of system-wide capacity planning, significant demographic growth and a shortage of capacity in other health sectors.

Given the extraordinary gains in efficiency made by Ontario hospitals, the expectation that more can be harvested simply isn’t realistic, and at many organizations, continued access to high-quality hospital services is now at risk.

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Staffing shortages, too low provincial funding, prompt Cornwall long-term care rally on December 10

Providing the best care possible to frail long-term care residents despite constant staffing shortages and too low provincial funding, is an uphill struggle, say staff at Cornwall’s Parisien Manor. They are holding a noontime rally next week, Tuesday, December 10, outside the home located at 439 Second St. East, to underscore to the community the many challenges they face daily.

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