|Scarborough General Hospital. Photo by Benson Kua|
At a Rotary Club meeting May 3, Dr. Robert Ting, president of the Medical Staff Association at the Scarborough Hospital, noted the issue isn't management, it's a lack of funding, and it's getting worse.
In Perth-Smith Falls, the Lanark County Medical Society organized a well attended public meeting about the local hospital cuts. Following the meeting the president of the Medical Society wrote:
"The local LHIN lead was full of the predictable empty rhetoric of surgical efficiencies, telehealth, health connect and improved access to home care. Nobody was buying it.
"Yes surgical techniques have reduced hospital length of stay but hospitals are not just for surgery; they also look after the frail elderly with chronic complex illness. Many people in that audience had experienced the dislocation of senior loved ones to other hospitals because of lack of beds or experienced prolonged waits in the ER for the same reason. Visitng loved ones in a neighbouring hospital is difficult when you don't drive and there is no bus.
"Those in the audience have come to understand that telehealth is a one way ticket to the ER. Many of the four thousand residents in Smiths Falls without a family doctor have realized that Health Connect is largely a PR exercise and many in our community have tried to access home care to find out that it is largely a phantom program with no meaningful support offered.
"To suggest that with an increasingly ageing population, who despite the best wishes of government continue to get ill as they grow older, we will need less hospital capacity is, at best an exercise in wishful thinking and at worst, a deliberate attempt to mislead the public.
"The beauty about being in a rural farming community is that everybody recognizes BS when they smell it. This doesn't pass the sniff test."
|Health Sciences North, Sudbury. Photo by mysudbury.ca|
The Sudbury Star reports that Zalan doesn't disagree hospitals need to be downsized, but called it "curious" the province isn't directing hospitals on what services to cut. "They give no directions on what to downsize...Just, 'suck it up.' "He wants the province to tell hospitals what to get rid of and to "tell the public what not to expect any more." That leaves the province's 149 hospitals each trying to decide on their own what programs and services to chop. "That's chaos...You want a system."