Ontario hospital readmissions spike rapidly, ER visits up, as hospital inpatient care falls far behind rest of Canada

Toronto, ON – Ontario’s governing Liberals can claim bragging rights when it comes to hospital patient readmissions while at the same time providing the least hospital care of any Canadian province, new data shows.

Between 2009 and 2014, the number of Ontario patients readmitted to hospital increased rapidly from 8.3 per cent to 9.1 per cent. That’s the biggest patient readmission spike of any of the provinces for the same time period. Read More...

Liberal government announcement of money to help hospitals meet fire standards is completely inadequate - union

Toronto ON- “ The provincial government trumpets an investment of $125 million in hospital infrastructure, but the truth is that they have been cutting hospital’s operating budgets deeply for five years now,” said Michael Hurley, President of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions. “The only reason that the government must spend $125 million to ensure that our hospitals meet provincial fire-safety standards is that they have been starved for operating dollars which have made maintenance and infrastructure related safety upgrades impossible,” Hurley explained. Read More...

Poor women are 20% more likely to re-admitted following obstetric care. Adds to burden expectant moms in Northern Ontario have to be

According to data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), less affluent women who receive obstetric care in Ontario hospitals are 20% more likely to be re-admitted. “It is increasingly clear that as hospital budgets have been slashed by the Liberal Government, the health-care gap between rich and poor in Ontario is growing,” noted Michael Hurley, President of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU). “You don’t do more with less, you do less with less,” Hurley continued, “and we shouldn’t be at all surprised that poor women are falling through the cracks this government is opening.” Read More...

Threat to close services in Haliburton and Minden results from provincial underfunding Media conference Friday in Haliburton, outside HHHS

HALIBURTON, Ont. – The view, recently expressed by management of the Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS), that sites in Haliburton and Minden are not both sustainable, is the legacy of four years of deep provincial healthcare budget cuts, the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions said today.

“Citizens of communities like Haliburton and Minden, in a wealthy province of one of the richest nations in the world, have a right to expect that they will have a hospital. It is important that staff at the HHHS make a very clear statement that we will be working to achieve greater funding for the facility and fighting to keep both sites open,” says Michael Hurley the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU), the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Read More...

Pembroke Healthcare Coalition will rally Aug. 26 to get action from Member of Provincial Parliament

Pembroke, ON- The Pembroke Healthcare Coalition will rally Aug. 26 to press M.P.P. John Yakabuski to speak up about the cuts to beds and the privatization of sterilization services at Pembroke Regional Hospital. The rally will be held at Mr. Yakabuski’s office, Unit 6, The Victoria Center, 84 Isabella Street in Pembroke. “ Mr. Yakabuski promised to attend the July 31 community meeting and did not. He has also been completely silent about the cutbacks at the hospital and the contracting out of the sterilization of surgical instruments. We expect a lot more from our elected representative,“ says Cindy Schulz, president of CUPE members at the hospital. Read More...

In wake of Amy Savill case, hotline set up for northern Ontario mothers to share their experiences of being forced to travel in order to give birth safely

Toronto, On.- A special hotline has been set up to record the experience of parents forced to travel in northern Ontario in order to give birth safely. Recently an Alberta woman, Amy Savill, was forced to medevac from Timmins to Sudbury in order to safely give birth. She was asked initially asked to pay the costs of the air transfer, which could reach $30,000. Read More...