During the 2018 Ontario election, Doug Ford’s PC Party said they would end hallway healthcare and it has only worsened. On Friday, Ford said the Ontario government made “tremendous” progress in reducing hallway healthcare. However, a recent CBC investigation showed an average of 997 people treated per day in non-hospital rooms such as hallways and kitchens.
“After two years of the Ford government, we’ve seen hallway medicine go from bad to worse, and people are suffering,” Andrea Horwath NDP leader said in a statement.
Health Minister Christine Elliott’s spokesperson said hallway healthcare started declining under the Ford government.
The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) asked the Ford government to increase the funding needed to stop overcrowding. CEO Anthony Dale of the OHA requested $922 million in additional funding, which is a 4.85% increase.
Ontario has the lowest per capita healthcare spending of all the Canadian provinces and territories. An OHA report showed that to match the average per capita spending, Ontario needs to spend another $4 billion per year on hospital care.
“The key message here, relative to much of what I’ve been reading online, is every patient (at SAH) has been in an appropriate care space, and that’s something to be celebrated in our community, but there’s lots of work to be done,” Wendy Hansson CEO and President of Sault Area Hospital (SAH)
This is an interesting quote from Wendy Hansson. If everyone “has been in an appropriate care space” then what work is there to be done? Should we celebrate hallway healthcare?
Hallway healthcare is a major concern at SAH. Instead of calling it what it is, which is hallway healthcare. Sue Rogers, Interim Vice President Clinical Operations & Chief Nursing Executive, renamed the hallway healthcare to “treatment chairs” in a recent story from another local media outlet. “Treatment chairs” constitute an “appropriate care space” at SAH.
What is the Ford government doing to reduce hallway healthcare? The solution put forward was 15,000 planned new long-term care beds to help prevent “treatment chairs” or hallway healthcare. As many people in hospitals need long-term care beds and there is a shortage. Leaving those people taking up hospital space when they are better served in a long-term care environment.
Ontarians and Saultites would be better served if everyone called hallway healthcare what it is, which is hallway healthcare not “treatment chairs.” If the SAH wants to get serious with the Ford government about increased funding as suggested by the OHA. Call it hallway healthcare or hallway medicine because people know what is being talked about. All Saultites need to pressure both SAH and the Ontario government to end hallway healthcare.
Doug Ford promised to end hallway healthcare, now it is time to keep that promise.