Can the next Premier of Ontario fix the province’s hospital crisis?
The winner in the Parkdale-High Park riding, in Monday night’s federal vote, has put health care at the top of his to-do list as the new MP. On Monday, Parkdale-High Park constituents elected Liberal candidate Arif Virani over NDP incumbent, Peggy Nash. Virani attracted just over 42 per cent of votes, according to the CBC’s Canada Votes website, while Nash garnered just over 40 per cent of ballots.
Director at Rough Valley Health (RVH) David Brazeau says there will be some important changes coming to the healthcare system within Scarborough; it will be in the form of services offered at some hospitals being shifted to others within the same area.
Scarborough residents are “sick” of the quality of service they receive from their local hospital. A town hall meeting was held for Scarborough residents and physicians on Tuesday, where members of the community were given the opportunity to voice their concerns over the quality of treatment their families received during their last few visits at both of the Scarborough Hospital’s two locations – the General campus located on Lawrence Avenue and the Birchmount Campus located on Birchmount Road.
Inside the hospital as it stands, the current flow from one department to another is disorganized, and patients can be required to travel throughout the hospital for necessary services. The new plan involves a well-organized “racetrack” design with the nurses’ stations in centralized locations. This will enable faster response times for patients.
The Post Discharge Phone Call Program garnered TEGH the 2010 Ontario Hospital Association’s (OHA) Patient Safety Award. Implemented in February 2008, the program ensures all patients are called at home within 48 hours of their release from inpatient care.
Instead of focusing on donations from existing philanthropic organizations, Toronto East General Hospital wants to turn people into new donors by looking to the diverse groups found throughout East York and Toronto.
Health care services tailor-made to meet the needs of local seniors will soon become available to Scarborough residents through a new geriatric urgent care clinic at the Scarborough Hospital.
In East York, we’re already getting a sneak peek of what this new health care regime could look like. This coming Thursday, Toronto East General Hospital is closing its outpatient physiotherapy clinic. A hospital manager was blunt about the reason: “This year, we will not be getting a significant increase to our budget. The $300,000 is a savings basically for us to meet our budget.”