Sylvia Jones surfaces as pressure mounts amid staffing 'crisis' in Ontario hospitals

There's a growing chorus of opposition MPPs calling for Health Minister Sylvia Jones to show up and provide tangible solutions to what they say is a crisis facing the province's health-care system.

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welie
welie
167 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Where is our absentee Premier and Health Minister right now? How is this not a bigger deal.

unprettyinred
unprettyinred
99 · 8 days ago · Reddit

I'm a nurse, this is an email I received from the Ontario Nurses Association almost a week ago.

"It has been almost two months since Premier Ford was re-elected with a second majority government and ONA is continuing to call for respect, safe staffing, safe working conditions, fairness and public funding for public health care.

Every single day we hear of disastrous situations that negatively impact patient care. For instance, in a Cardiology Critical Care Unit at a large hospital, regular staffing consists of between nine and 10 registered nurses. During one shift in this unit recently, there were just five RNs, one junior RN and three who were training to become critical care nurses. An agency nurse was scheduled to work, but when she saw that she had to care for three patients at a time, she went home early. During this particular shift, there was a Code Blue, a vented unstable patient, a patient fell, and a patient had a stroke. All within a time span of one 11.25-hour shift.

One RN cannot care for six critical care patients.

It’s time for Premier Ford to act..."

The one thing that stood out from the excerpt above is the lack of experience nurses on that unit. An experienced nurse will be able to recognize early signs when a patient begins to decompensate, be an advocate for you, become a mentor for the more junior nurses etc... We are losing more and more experienced nurses as time goes and we are seeing the consequences of it. I also feel terrible for the new grads entering the profession. Their career just started and they have to carry so much responsibilities. Many junior nurses are also rightfully leaving the profession too because of this.

This isn't just about long wait times to the OR and ER. People are going to unnecessarily die from not receiving the optimal care they deserve. My friend said during one shift, she had a ratio of one nurse to fifteen patients. FIFTEEN! She felt so bad she wasn't able to give the care she would like because she doesn't have the time. Patients lying in soiled diapers, medications given late, etc.. patients deserve dignified care but they are not receiving it!

wedontswiminsoda
wedontswiminsoda
72 · 8 days ago · Reddit

This is so frustrating. And this is OLD news. This goes back to before Ford, before Wynne, and before McGuinty, to Mike Harris.

"Apr. 4th 2018 - An advocacy group which represents many of the province’s estimated 20,000 doctors says “gross mismanagement and negligence” under the current Kathleen Wynne Liberal government has seen billions of dollars cut to front-line care. Concerned Ontario Doctors (COD) says the province has been cutting an average of $100 million since 2015, totaling close to $4 billion."

"Mar. 26, 2009 – Nurses are disappointed that the budget unveiled by the McGuinty government is a tax cut budget that doesn’t adequately address the health-care needs of Ontarians. The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) says health care is not a sunny day expenditure that can be tossed aside during times of recession.

“We understand that the province is in the midst of economic challenges and for that reason, this is not the time to introduce tax cuts. Instead, the government should have heeded the voices of nurses and not put us on the road to a devastating nursing shortage. Nurses expected to see 3,000 additional funded positions in this budget. The 900 positions announced will do little for patient care and little to retain nurses in Ontario."

Bob Rae was the most recent premier who made attempts to pad out funding enough - during a recession - to keep the ship running. Harris cam in demolished nursing. The next 20+ years of government has never caught up, and no real attempts have been made.

EddyMcDee
EddyMcDee
70 · 8 days ago · Reddit

How is this not all over the news? Our healthcare system is essentially failing, directly due to the Ontario government.

The saddest part is that half the people who suffer due to this will be too dumb to know it's because of who they voted for.

bravetailor
bravetailor
49 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Hmm, I'm guessing it's not a good time to get sick these days...

monsteraroots
monsteraroots
17 · 8 days ago · Reddit

And where tf is the health minister?!!!! Gah. So frustrating!! PAY NURSES WHAT THEY DESERVE AND THEY WILL COME BACK

Fianna9
Fianna9
13 · 8 days ago · Reddit

Nurses can make $90 an hour right now in Alberta and Ford is holding them to a 1% a year raise with inflation getting close to 8%

He’s destroying health care. And when people start to die he’ll swoop in with privatized care.

moeburn
moeburn
12 · 8 days ago · Reddit

The good news, if you can call it that, is that the voting demographic primarily responsible for this crisis - seniors - are also the people likely to suffer the most, since they require the most medical care. Which means the pressure on politicians to fix the issue will be astronomically high, more than anything. Seniors' issues get fixed first, because they vote more than anyone else.

We just need the voting demographic and the Premier's office to come together and suppress their contempt for public worker's unions.

whatistheQuestion
whatistheQuestion
9 · 8 days ago · Reddit

"I promised to get rid of hallway hospital beds! Now you can't even get into the hallway! Promises made! Promises kept!" - Doug Ford, from the cottage

larfingboy
larfingboy
5 · 8 days ago · Reddit

I wonder if this new Liberal MPP will take any blame for the situation, given the fact that privatization and problems like this were part of their 15 years of government. $815 million cut from physician services, $50 million from physio for seniors, and eliminating 50 residency positions. Liberal pot, meet Tory kettle. (posted from Star comments).....but i agree 100%

Purplebuzz
Purplebuzz
5 · 8 days ago · Reddit

None of the below is stated as fact. I assume part of the issue is a lack of employees but also call outs. So if Covid is endemic now and can reinfect, and we “need to learn to live with it”, would it be safe to say we will have large numbers or workers off work with Covid on a rotating basis and with fewer medical people working we will have a reduced access to health care and this is going to be one of the parts of “learning to live with it?”