1.12.05 - “[E]nd hallway medicine”
The Polimeter team recognizes that the COVID-19 crisis has put unprecedented strain on the health system. Nevertheless, this promise is considered broken because many hospitals across the province were filled beyond capacity between November 2019 and January 2020, before the onset of the pandemic. Some nurses have also said that staffing shortages are exacerbating hallway medicine in the province.
“Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott will meet next week with Ontario nurses to talk about staff shortages. The meeting with Cathryn Hoy, provincial president of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), is set for Feb. 3. A date was set on Tuesday after the ONA said on Twitter that the Ontario government turned down a request for a meeting on Monday. […] Hoy said she would like to talk about the nursing shortage in Ontario because it is now acute. The meeting comes as the pandemic accelerates a longstanding trend of nurses leaving the province or leaving the profession altogether due to a number of factors. ‘The numbers are dwindling every single day. And it’s very frustrating that the government isn’t stepping up and wanting to do something about it. It’s not going to be fixed overnight. It’s not. But if we work together, we could come up with some solutions,’ said Hoy, whose organization represents 68,000 nurses and health-care professionals and 18,000 nursing student affiliates. ‘I talk to nurses every day that are saying, ‘I’m retiring, I’m quitting, I’m going to another career.’ We’re in trouble. I have never seen the situation so dire,’ she said. ‘It’s past the critical point.’ “
The Polimeter team recognizes that the COVID-19 crisis has put unprecedented strain on the health system. Nevertheless, this promise is considered broken because many hospitals across the province were filled beyond capacity between November 2019 and January 2020, before the onset of the pandemic.
“The data suggests many hospitals have returned to the overcrowding levels seen before the pandemic, when CBC News revealed hospitals filled beyond capacity nearly every single day, with patients housed in hallways, conference rooms and cafeterias not as exceptional cases, but as a matter of routine. […] The figures show that last winter, despite the government’s promise to end so-called ‘hallway health care,’ acute care occupancy rates hit unprecedented levels, with many hospitals filled beyond capacity for weeks.”
“Overcrowding has become so common in Ontario hospitals that patient beds are now placed in hallways and conference rooms not only at times of peak demand, but routinely day after day, research by CBC News reveals. […] [Health Minister Christine] Elliott admitted it will take ‘several years’ to achieve Ford’s promise of ending hallway health care.”