Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA)

Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA)
Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)

Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)

April 22, 2014 13:42 ET

Media Advisory: Elderly and frail hurt most by Ontario health reforms; report finds

Legal avenues explored to protect seniors from age discrimination

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 22, 2014) - Age discrimination is actively at play in Ontario's health reforms, charge the authors of Pushed Out of Hospital, Abandoned at Home: After Twenty Years of Budget Cuts, Ontario's Health System is Failing Patients, holding a media conference on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Queen's Park media studio.

The report by the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA) and the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) chronicles Ontario patients' personal experiences with health system changes and service cuts.

In addition to detailing report's findings and some of personal patient stories authors, will explain why legal avenues to protect seniors, are being pursued.

Pushed Out of Hospital, Abandoned at Home based on the personal stories hundreds of patients and their families from across Ontario, who called a 1-800 patient hotline, set up for over a year found, that following decades of cuts to hospitals, older, frail Ontarians are being pushed out of hospital while acutely ill and they not getting the rehabilitative therapies and restorative and convalescent care they need.

"Far from delivering 'the right care, in the right place, at the right time,' as the Ontario's health minister claims, health reforms are failing Ontario patients, particularly the elderly, abysmally. Age discrimination is actively at play in Ontario's health care system," says OCHU's Michael Hurley.

Over 20 years the province has cut 19,000 hospital beds, many of them assess and restore and continuing care beds, once the mainstay of convalescent care for older patients. Today access to in-hospital restorative care and rehabilitation therapies is severely reduced and the promised "outpatient" services in the community and home are virtually non-existent.

"This leaves many elderly patients, who really should be cared for in hospital, abandoned at home, without the care and therapies they need," says OSLA's Mary Cook.

Pushed Out of Hospital, Abandoned at Home also offers substantive solutions to make health services better for patients, particularly the elderly.

Contact Information

  • OCHU
    Michael Hurley
    President
    416-884-0770

    OSLA
    Mary Cook
    Executive Director
    416-795-8711

    CUPE Communications
    Stella Yeadon
    416-559-9300