Patients pushed out of hospital to save money, report says

Michael Hurley, of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, right, discusses a report which...

Michael Hurley, of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, right, discusses a report which criticizes the health care system in their approach to caring for elderly patients, at a press conference at the Victory Branch Legion #317 on Oakland Avenue in London, Ontario on Wednesday March 5, 2014. (CRAIG GLOVER/QMI Agency)

Debora Van Brenk, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:33 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. — Sick, older Ontarians are suffering from health cutbacks that push them out of hospital too early and then leave them unsupported at home, says a new report by unionized hospital workers and some therapists.

The paper offers a scathing view of the state of Ontario hospital and home care, citing over-crowding and underfunding as threatening the lives of discharged patients.

While shorter hospital stays are often beneficial to the patient, “there is increasing evidence that patient safety is being disregarded in favour of saving money,” says the paper, sponsored by the Ontario Association of Speech-language Pathologists and Audiologists and by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions.

It operated a toll-free phone line that Ontarians could call with their horror stories of care.

The group makes several recommendations, including topping up health care spending, re-opening closed hospital beds and enhancing non-profit therapy services both in and outside hospitals.

 


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