Cornwall Ontario – It has been published that the Cornwall Community Hospital is rationed 60 hours per day for doctors. That includes emergency where tragically so many end up because they simply don’t have a GP. Clinics are so brutal that the wait times are near what they would be in emergency which compounds the problems many times.
That has led to having only a single doctor on duty at times. While statistics help guide Hospitals on when to ration out and have their doctors available there are many times when they simply can’t handle the load.
Today the province issued a release about the millions they are spending to upgrade hospitals in Eastern Ontario.
Cornwall recently saw CCH get a new face lift after closing the Cornwall General a few years ago. The net loss in doctor hours has been felt.
60 hours per day is less than an average of 3 doctors on duty. 24×3 would equal 72.
The bigger question is as nice as the investment in the facility would be there are far too many people in Cornwall and other communities having to travel for care; especially for cancer of which Cornwall has sky high numbers of cases.
With a near useless MPP in a party that isn’t in power it makes it harder to get some extra love from Minister Hoskins and that sadly is leading to lost lives such as a local woman that lost her mother to C Diff on Mother’s Day at CCH.
You can have the best nurses on staff, but without doctors to guide them issues could happen. Errors, neglect, and of course overworking your doctors due to shorter hours can also impact patient care.
What do you think dear CFN viewers? Does CCH need more doctor hours rationed from the Province? You can post your comment below.
And here’s the release from the province:
Ontario is continuing to strengthen and support rural health care in Eastern Ontario with repairs and upgrades to 15 hospitals, to provide patients with high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment.
The province is investing more than $11 million to help hospitals in the region make critical improvements to their facilities, including upgrades or replacements to roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.
The 2017 balanced Budget includes a new $7-billion booster shot to health care, building on the commitment made in the 2016 Budget. This investment will improve access to care, expand mental health and addiction services, and enhance the experience and recovery of patients.
Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.
“These repairs and upgrades are crucial to ensuring all patients get the help they need now and in the future. By upgrading our hospitals’ infrastructure, we are helping Ontarians get the best health care close to home.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Our government believes in making investments that will lead to better health care for Ontarians and build a stronger rural Ontario. Thanks to this $7-billion investment, thousands of patients in Eastern Ontario will benefit from upgraded hospital infrastructure across the region.”
— Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough
- The province is investing $175 million in repairs and upgrades to hospitals this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF).
- HIRF investments in Eastern Ontario hospitals include:
- $297,970 for Cornwall Community Hospital
- $96,027 for Glengarry Memorial Hospital
- $94,898 for Hôpital Général de Hawkesbury & District General
- $57,217 for Winchester District Memorial Hospital
- $2,337,039 for Arnprior Regional Health
- $452,950 for Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital
- $1,015,626 for Deep River and District Hospital Corporation
- $865,614 for Pembroke Regional Hospital
- $2,723,946 for Renfrew Victoria Hospital
- $1,970,308 for St. Francis Memorial Hospital
- $423,807 for Brockville General Hospital
- $176,216 for Lennox and Addington County General Hospital
- $489,432 for Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
- $293,500 for Haliburton Highlands Health Services Corporation
- $40,000 for Ross Memorial Hospital
- HIRF was established in 1999 to assist hospitals in renewing their facilities.
- As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is also spending an additional $9 billion to support the construction of new hospital projects across the province. This brings Ontario’s total planned investment in hospital infrastructure to more than $20 billion over the next 10 years.
- The government’s investment of more than $190 billion over the 13-year period starting in 2014–15 is the largest infrastructure investment in the province’s history. It is helping to build new child care spaces, schools, hospitals, public transit, highways and roads.