2/17/11

Like trying to fit 19 ER patients into 1 hospital bed

After declaring a hospital bed crisis in Windsor Essex, Gary Switzer, CEO of the Erie-St. Clair Local Health Integration Network told the Canadian Press``Currently we have, in one of the hospitals, 19 patients waiting in the emergency room for a bed.''

There's ``more to be done'' to help hospitals in the Windsor area Premier Dalton McGuinty said Wednesday.

He should know.  Ken Deane, until very recently an Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and LTC, was appointed supervisor by the government of the Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor on January 5.  Deane reports directly to the Minister of Health and LTC.

But there still is no sign that the hospital bed cuts will stop any time soon.

dallan@cupe.ca

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