Cornwall ON – When you vote to spend thousands of dollars to attract new doctors to come to your city it can be frustrating when red tape cuts budgets that end up having doctors leave.
That’s exactly what has Cornwall City Councilors Andre Rivette and Syd Gardiner upset as you’ll see in the videos.
Over the past year, the average number of ALC patients taking up a segment of the hospital’s 94 acute care beds is 28, but that number has jumped to 42 so far in June.
Similarly, their was an average of eight patients in emergency room beds waiting for an inpatient bed over the past year, but this month that number has increased to 23.
As a result, the hospital has cancelled 52 elective surgeries
If the doctors can’t do their surgeries it impacts them finacially as one doctor recently has migrated much of his surgery time to nearby Upstate NY.
Cushman said he would like to see the Cornwall hospital taking more of a team approach to health care by working more closely with the other hospitals, community health centres, long-term care facilities and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.
Dr. Cushman of course is in charge of the Champlain LHIN and he suggesting that seems a bit odd as it is essentially part of his mandate. In the old days before LHIN’s that’s exactly what hospitals were supposed to do; work with each other.
I’ll leave the final words to the good councilors from Cornwall Ontario.
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