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Health in Ontario: “The system is on the verge of collapse”

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For me, [la situation à l’hôpital Western] is an indication that the system is about to collapseaccording to provincial New Democratic Party MP Marit Stiles.

It’s gonna take some dead to wake up the government, says Cathryn Hoy, president of the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA).

We work with a fraction of the staff we had beforeadds Dr. Kashif Pirzada, an emergency physician in Toronto.

We close departments, we close sectors in departments, we lose our workersadds Dr. Michael Howlett, president of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP).

They say the solutions to these problems are obvious, but the government is not listening.

A system at risk

Ms. Hoy explains how Western Hospital management circumvented the understaffing issue in order to keep the ER open: [en soins infirmiers] 3rd or 4thyears who have done the work of registered nurses”,”text”:”They are doctors, medical residents and students [en soins infirmiers] 3rd or 4th graders who have done the work of registered nurses”}}’>They are doctors, medical residents and students [en soins infirmiers] 3rd or 4th graders who did the work of registered nurses.

This offers an example of what is currently in play: Can you imagine if there had been a major pileup on the 401 [en fin de semaine] and that a high number of patients were sent to emergency rooms without nurses?

A portrait of Dr. Kashif Pirzada.

Dr. Kashif Pirzada is an emergency physician in Toronto.

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Dr. Pirzada recalls that the system is under great pressure.hours, sometimes longer, to see a doctor in the emergency room.”,”text”:”There is a huge load on the hospital system, especially in the past two weeks. People wait 6 to 8 hours, sometimes more, to see a doctor in the emergency room.”}}’>There is a huge load on the hospital system, especially over the past two weeks. People wait 6 to 8 hours, sometimes more, to see a doctor in the emergency room.

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The problem of working conditions

Dr. Howlett says the problem is not new, the solutions are obvious, and yet nothing is being done. We must work to greatly improve the work environments in order to work on retention [du personnel].

According to Dr. Pirzada,nurses and doctors– who leave the field and find easier work elsewhere”,”text”:”the numbers are much lower than before. We’ve had a lot of people – nurses and doctors – leaving the field and finding easier work elsewhere”}}”>numbers are much lower than before. We’ve had a lot of people – nurses and doctors – leaving the field and finding easier work elsewhere..

Ms. Hoy agrees. Nurses quit, they retire, they go elsewhere for better pay, better working conditions. It has to stop. I don’t know what more to say. The proof is there. They are closing the ER!

A portrait of Cathryn Hoy.

Cathryn Hoy is the president of the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA).

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The government needs to stop expecting nurses to pay the price every time.

The network of hospitals University Health Network (UHN), which manages the Western Hospital among others, agrees in a press release published on Saturday. Health professionals continue to rise to the challenge, but it has been a very long and difficult task and the employees are tired.

[Les infirmières] they’re exhausted, they’re tired, some of them haven’t had a vacation for three years, their mental health is terrible. »

A quote from Cathryn Hoy, President of the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA)

Obvious solutions

Dr. Howlett says the list of solutions is simple and long established. We have been aware of this situation for several years now. Our association has been talking about it for more than a decade.

In addition to issues related to working conditions, Dr. Howlett adds to the list: We must open the door to more foreign graduates and ensure that they can integrate the system quickly. […] We must remove interprovincial barriers for nurses, doctors, all workers [de la santé]so they can go where the need is most.

Dr. Pirzada finds it hard to understand how it could have come to this point. We have seen no leadership to correct these structural problems. We don’t hear anything new from senior leaders [des hôpitaux] or political leaders.

For Mrs. Stiles, it’s a matter of labor shortages. This is a government that has not taken the situation seriously or as quickly as it should. I would like to see the new minister [de la Santé, Sylvia Jones] propose solutions.

Marit Stiles

Marit Stiles is the provincial NDP MP for Davenport.

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Dr. Pirzada says the work of nurses should be rewarded. Give them danger bounty. Give them more money to do the hard work. This is where we need it right now.

Two weeks ago, the ministers of health of the various provinces asked for more money from the federal government.

Wages for all Ontario public sector employees, including nurses, are capped at a 1% increase per year by Doug Ford’s government.

The Ontario Ministry of Health did not respond to interview requests from TurnedNews.com.

With information from Yanick Lepage

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