Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)

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

The Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

September 26, 2011 10:29 ET

Revised Media Advisory: Campaign to advocate for elderly patients pushed out of hospital while acutely ill or denied acute care services they desperately need

SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2011) - Representatives of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, and the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions OCHU/CUPE, are in the midst of a provincial campaign that will land in Sault Ste Marie, and Blind River on September 26. The campaign will advocate for elderly patients who are pushed out of hospital while they are acutely ill or who are denied acute care services they need. Patients are also being denied access to services like speech-language pathology (for assistance with swallowing and speech) following a stroke because they are discharged earlier than they should be, without treatment or the appropriate follow-up.

Ontario has the fewest number of acute hospital beds of any developed economy in the world. Botswana, Panama and Albania have more hospital beds to population than Ontario. Ontario's hospital occupancy rate of 97.9% results in many patients, primarily elderly, being discharged prematurely, some to unregulated retirement homes, with deadly consequences.

A recent study also indicates that the elderly are less likely to be transported by paramedics to a regional trauma centre in Ontario after a heart attack or stroke and as a result have a significantly higher death rate than if they were taken to and received care at a major hospital.

A hotline has been established for patients or their family members to call to report their experiences. The hotline number is 1-888-599-0770.

Media conference details for Monday September 26, 2011:

11:30 – 12:30 Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25, 96 Great Northern Rd, Sault Ste Marie ON
4:00 – 5:00 Royal Canadian Legion Branch 189, 27 Hawkins St, Blind River ON

Contact Information

  • Ontario Association of
    Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
    Mary Cook
    Executive Director
    416-920-3676

    Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE
    Michael Hurley
    President
    416-884-0770