Place strategy

Hospital is not the right place for some patients to receive care, says health center CEO

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The More Beds, Better Care Act will ensure patients receive the right care in the right place, said Paul Heinrich, president and CEO of the North Bay Regional Health Center.

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“Implementation of Bill 7 will improve patient flow, increasing patient access to specialized acute care provided by our hospital,” he said in a press release issued by the health center on Wednesday. .

“This short-term strategy will improve utilization of existing beds in long-term care while easing pressures on our emergency department and surgical backlogs,” he said.

“For many, the hospital is not the right place to receive care. Bill 7 will help ensure that every bed available in the system is used properly. This policy will help ensure that our patients receive the right care, in the right place, by the right provider. »

Heinrich said the North Bay Regional Health Center spoke of his constant and sustained bed pressure for a number of years, which only increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“These pressures on beds affect every aspect of our operations and how our patients access care and move through our health center.”

The controversial bill has garnered a lot of attention.

The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions and other union representatives are calling for a Human Rights Commission investigation into the Ford government’s plan to relocate some hospitalized seniors.

Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, spoke to the media on a Zoom call at noon Wednesday.

“We are deeply disappointed that the government’s first step to address the staffing crisis will have no impact on this. Emptying the beds of ALC (alternate level of care) patients and replacing them will do nothing to retrain or recruit staff. ER and ICU will continue to close,” Hurley said.

“Bill 7 targets patients at alternate levels of care in hospitals. They are mostly older Ontarians. An alternate level of care designation is a coarse brush. In our rush for empty beds, many elderly patients who still need acute care will be forced into long-term care facilities. This will be done through the new mechanisms of Bill 7, suspension of consent to treatment, violation of the right to privacy, suspension of the right to appeal the decision, forced transfer outside the community, 300 kilometers in northern Ontario, 100 kilometers in southern Ontario.