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Nursing home workers ‘crying in their cars’

(March 31, 2020) By: Antonella Artuso, Toronto Sun Please note regarding the article below. The Ontario Health Coalition is deeply concerned about the deregulation of long-term care staffing under the new regulation passed under the emergency act. This is the opposite of what we were asking for prior to COVID-19. Staffing levels are already far […]

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Ontario PCs Add Billions In Deficit Spending To Tackle Coronavirus

(March 25, 2020) By: Emma Paling, HuffPost Canada TORONTO — The Ontario government is abandoning its plan to trim billions off the deficit this year so it can spend big on health care and tax deferrals as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on the province. “COVID-19 is an extraordinary threat to the health and economy of Ontario — […]

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Peterborough letter: COVID-19 reminds us how much we count on our health care system

(March 19, 2020) By: Peterborough Examiner Peterborough started shutting down the way so many other cities around the world have done since the arrival of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. As the pandemic sweeps into Canada, we are once again reminded how much we count on our health care system to be there when we need […]

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More pressure to save residential addictions treatment program

(March 12, 2020) By: BayToday Staff Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition. File Photo by Doug Diaczuk/Tbnewswatch.com Residents Plan to Step Up Pressure to Ask MPP Fedeli to Save the North Bay Hospital’s Residential Addictions Treatment Program Close to 40 people attended Tuesday night’s public meeting organized by the Ontario Health Coalition. […]

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Pleas to reverse treatment bed changes heard at town hall

(March 11, 2020) By: Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles, North Bay Nugget Addicts don’t have a chance in hell to recover in North Bay, two advocates for those suffering from addiction say. Between the extremely long wait lists, lack of services to meet the needs of people living on the streets and the looming closure of 29 residential addiction […]

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IMPACT: Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition aims to fight changes to Lindsay hospital act

(March 10, 2020) By: Catherine Whitnall,  Kawartha Lakes This Week The Ross Memorial Hospital is actively seeking former patients, and family members of patients, to serve as Patient Experience Partners (PEPs) to help inform ongoing care. – File photo Dozens of area residents have thrown their support behind the Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition’s efforts to stop […]

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Health Coalition holding town hall meeting Tuesday night

(March 9, 2020) By: BayToday Staff, BayToday The Ontario Health Coalition is hosting a Town Hall Meeting at the Centre Culturel Les Compagnons, 327 Dudley Avenue Tuesday night to continue its fight to keep 29 residential addiction treatment beds, which are slated to be cut this spring. “The Health Coalition has repeatedly raised the issue that […]

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Changes to RMH endangers hospitals’ future says OHC: ‘We have to stop this legislation’

(March 6, 2020) By:  Joli Scheidler-Benns, The Lindsay Advocate Hundreds of people gathered at a town hall-style meeting last night at the Lindsay Recreation Centre determined to stop Ross Memorial Hospital from becoming anything other than a hospital. That is, they want RMH’s status as a hospital to remain and not morph into an entity that […]

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Ontario Health Coalition concerned about new Bill proposed by Ford government

(March 6, 2020) By: Matt Dionne, inhalton.com Representatives from the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) has raised concerns about the Ford government’s new home care legislation. The OHC believes the legislation, entitled Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act 2020, is being rushed through the process without the proper vetting process and input from Ontario residents. According to a media […]

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Sudbury’s Pioneer Manor looking to ease personal support worker shortage

(March 4, 2020) By: CBC News Staff, CBC News Facility director cites ‘vicious cycle’ of staff under pressure Pioneer Manor in Sudbury is facing a shortage of PSWs, the home’s director says. (Yvon Theriault/CBC) The director of Pioneer Manor in Sudbury says the long-term care home is making progress in addressing a shortage of personal support […]

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Long-term care: The math doesn’t exactly add up; We still need a real action plan, Michel Bilodeau says

(March 4, 2020) By: Michel Bilodeau, Ottawa Citizen It is not news that Canadians, as a group, are aging. The 2016 census showed that there are more people aged 65 and over than people under 16. “Seniors” represent 17 per cent of the population of Ontario. There are currently 1.1 million people 75 and over in […]

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Personal Support Workers on the front lines of caring for your loved ones

(March 1, 2020) By: Joli Scheidler-Benns, The Lindsay Advocate When it comes to senior care, it takes a village to ensure our family members are well looked after. While some positions may be more glamourous, personal support workers (PSWs) are a critical part of health care, but there’s a growing shortage of PSWs. In an area […]

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Battle for rehab beds rages on

(February 29, 2020) By: Jennifer Hamilton-Mccharles, North Bay Nugget Mary Morin says she would be dead if it wasn’t for the services she received 10 years ago at the addiction treatment centre on King Street in North Bay. Morin, however, is afraid someday she will find the body of her son, who is a drug addict. […]

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‘We Will Fight’: Group rallies in hopes of saving hospital addiction beds

(February 28, 2020) By: Eric Taschner, CTV News Northern Ontario Videojournalist NORTH BAY — A small group braved the bitter cold Friday afternoon in support of keeping a 29-bed addiction treatment hospital program on King Street West open. Following a community conference call, which saw more than 2,000 North Bay residents call in, the Ontario Health Coalition […]

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Small rally focuses on saving addiction treatment beds

(February 28, 2020) By: Chris Dawson, BayToday ‘The closure of the residential treatment beds we think is a dangerous and risky thing for which there has been no good answer and which we are asking Vic Fedeli to reverse’ Louis Rodrigues, the First VP of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, speaks to a small […]

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Rally tomorrow to keep 29-bed addiction treatment hospital program open

(February 27, 2020) By: BayToday Staff, BayToday The North Bay Regional Hospital’s mental health and addictions clinic on King St. Jeff Turl/BayToday. The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) is organizing a rally tomorrow at noon to keep a 29-bed addiction treatment hospital program open. The rally will take place at MPP Vic Fedeli’s office, at 219 Main […]

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Funding goes to fixing aging infrastructure, rather than patient care, say Windsor officials

(February 25, 2020) By: CBC News Staff, CBC News Hospitals in southwestern Ontario received more than $3 million in funding to maintain hospital infrastructure, like roofs and air conditioning systems — but officials at Windsor Regional Hospital believe the money could be put to better use.  Area hospitals recently received special funding to upgrade aging infrastructure […]

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PSW shortage to be addressed with staffing strategy, provincial government says

(February 24, 2020) By: Angela Gemmill, CBC News The provincial government says it is working to address the need for more personal support workers in health care. A recent report from the Ontario Health Coalition calls the province-wide shortage of PSWs in long term care facilities a crisis. That report found that many PSWs were leaving the field […]

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No quick fix for PSW shortage: Ontario Health Coalition

(February 20, 2020) By: CTV News SUDBURY — The Ontario HealthCoalition released a new report in Sudbury on Thursday called ‘Caring in Crisis-Ontario’s Long-Term Care PSW Shortage.’ The group is urging the government to take action to stop the devastating impacts on our seniors. Unifor, the union representing thousands of personal care support workers, known […]

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Recruiting PSWs difficult for nursing homes in Espanola, Sudbury

(February 20, 2020) By: Colleen Romaniuk, The Sudbury Star Being a personal support worker (PSW) is a tough job. David Adamczak, the assistant director of care at Espanola Nursing Home, can understand why burnout is so common. The province of Ontario has seen a shortage of PSWs in long-term care facilities for several years now. […]

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PSW shortage pushing workers ‘to the brink’

(February 21, 2020) By: Arron Pickard, sudbury.com Shawn Mathe, the member at large for the nursing care sector, Local 598, Unifor and the unit chair for Finlandia Village, looks over the “Caring in Crisis: Ontario’s Long-Term Care PSW Shortage” report with Melissa Wood, co-chair of the Sudbury chapter of the Ontario Health Coalition. (Arron Pickard/Sudbury.com) […]

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‘This isn’t just a union fight. It’s a working-class fight’: Ontario Federation of Labour

(February 19, 2020) By: Zaid Noorsumar, rabble In June 2018, Doug Ford’s Conservatives won a majority government by convincing enough Ontarians that it would bring “efficiencies” to a state often considered wasteful in popular imagination, even as the province has been operating in austerity-mode for decades. Nearly 20 months since that election, Ontarians are reeling from draconian cuts to […]

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PSWs burned out, stressed and underpaid

(February 20, 2020) By: CBC News The Ontario Health Coalition conducted round table meetings last year to collect the information. It found most long-term care homes were short-staffed on every shift, and that was contributing to poor working conditions. Dot Klein, the co-chair of the Sudbury chapter of the coalition, said many PSWs leave the […]

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Sudbury facing PSW crisis, report says; More personal support workers needed and they need to be better paid: coalition

(February 19, 2020) By: Sudbury Star Staff, Sudbury Star Sudbury advocates, families and representatives of frontline workers in long-term care are coming together to raise the alarm. A new report on critical staffing shortages in long-term care released Monday called the situation is dire. Caring in Crisis: Ontario’s longterm care PSW shortage, a report written […]

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‘This isn’t just a union fight. It’s a working-class fight’: Ontario Federation of Labour

(February 19, 2020) By: Zaid Noorsumar, rabble.ca In June 2018, Doug Ford’s Conservatives won a majority government by convincing enough Ontarians that it would bring “efficiencies” to a state often considered wasteful in popular imagination, even as the province has been operating in austerity-mode for decades. Nearly 20 months since that election, Ontarians are reeling from draconian cuts […]

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Sudbury facing PSW crisis, report says

(February 18, 2020) By: The Sudbury Star Sudbury advocates, families and representatives of frontline workers in long-term care are coming together to raise the alarm. A new report on critical staffing shortages in long-term care released Monday called the situation is dire. Caring in Crisis: Ontario’s long-term care PSW shortage, a report written by the […]

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Layoffs cancelled at North Bay Regional Health Centre

(February 14, 2020) By: Megan Evans, CTV News Northern Ontario NORTH BAY — The North Bay Regional Health Centre is the preferred operator of Community Withdrawal Management Services and safe beds. The decision was made at the mayor’s health and addictions round table and supported by round table members. The North Bay Regional Health Centre […]

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Personal support worker crisis impacting long-term care in Brampton

(February 14, 2020) By: Lucy Mazzucco, inbrampton.com Peel families, advocates and workers and representatives of long-term care recently came together to voice their concerns about the critical staffing shortages and long-term care crisis in the Region of Peel and beyond. At a Brampton press conference on February 14, 2020, speakers came forward to discuss the severity of […]

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Crisis in Long-term Care Homes: Health Coalition Report

(February 14, 2020) By: Teresinha Medeiros, AM 800 Photo: Windsor Health Coalition Co-Chair Patrick Hannon speaks at a news conference on the shortage of PSWs in long-term care homes in Ontario. February 13, 2020 (Photo by AM800’s Teresinha Medeiros) WINDSOR — The Windsor Health Coalition is calling for more support from the public as it fights […]

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Nicholls and government need to respond to crisis

(February 13, 2020) By: Shirley Roebuck, writing to the editor of Chatham Daily News The Chatham Daily News ran an article full of quotes from MPP Rick Nicholls and Rebecca Bozzato (press secretary and senior communications adviser to Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Ontario’s minister of long-term care). They were responding to the Ontario Health Coalition’s report about the […]

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Report shines light on personal support worker shortage

(February 13, 2020) By: Taylor Campbell, Windsor Star According to Caring in Crisis: Ontario’s Long-Term Care PSW Shortage, commissioned for the Ontario Health Coalition by Unifor, the situation has become an epidemic. The report — announced Wednesday at media events in Windsor, Chatham and London — is based on accounts from the more than 350 people, […]

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Ontario Health Coalition criticizes roundtable report as ‘biased,’ ‘patently untrue’

(February 13, 2020) By: Michael Lee, North Bay Nugget The Ontario Health Coalition is disputing the findings in the report from Mayor Al McDonald’s roundtable on mental health, addiction and poverty which support the transfer of funding from the hospital to a new transitional housing centre expected to open this summer. A response posted to the […]

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Local PSW shortage ‘fair to say’ is in the thousands

(February 13, 2020) By: Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News The executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition said almost every day in every long-term care home in Windsor-Essex and province-wide, there is a shortage of personal support workers (PSWs) caring for our elderly loved ones. Natalie Mehra was in Windsor Thursday to discuss the shortage’s impact on […]

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Health Coalition slams Mayor’s Roundtable report

(February 13, 2020) By: Jeff Turl, BayToday ‘How did a mayor’s roundtable group, an ad hoc, hand-selected group, apparently operating without any requirements regarding transparency, accountability and conflict-of-interest, become a health care decision-making body? What protections against ’empire building’ by some at the expense of others, and particularly at the expense of increased risk for patients, were […]

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Support Needed For Long Term Care Workers

(February 12, 2020) By: Mike Ebbeling, CKDR News There is a desperate need for more money to get people to work in long-term care homes. That’s according to the Ontario Health Coalition. Jules Tupker says those who consider becoming a personal support worker often hear stories of being overworked, overstressed and not able to do the […]

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Health Coalition puts spotlight on PSW crisis

(February 12, 2020) By: Chris Abbott, The Kingston Whig Standard Melissa Holden, member of the Oxford Coalition for Social Justice, presented a new report discussing the shortage of personal support workers (PSWs) in long-term care at a press conference in Tillsonburg Tuesday. (Kathleen Saylors/Postmedia Network) JPG, TN Oxford County advocates, families, and representatives of front-line […]

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‘Absolutely a crisis’; Oxford social justice group adds voice to those concerned with PSW shortage

(February 12, 2020) By: Kathleen Saylors, Woodstock Sentinel-Review The Oxford Coalition for Social Justice is adding its voice to the chorus of Ontarians concerned with the critical shortage of personal support workers in the province’s long-term care homes. Sparked by a just-released report commissioned by the Ontario Health Coalition and Unifor, the union that represents Ontario’s PSWs, […]

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PSW industry in city is in ‘crisis’

(February 12, 2020) By: Alan S. Hale, Kingston Whig-Standard The Kingston Health Coalition and its partners are sounding the alarm about a crisis facing personal support workers as a profession and the dire impacts it is having on residents in local long-term care homes. “This is a crisis,” Matthew Gventer, health coalition cochair, declared. “We have a […]

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Kingston Health Coalition sounds alarm on long-term care worker crisis

(February 11, 2020) By: Tommy Vallier, Kingstonist The Kingston Health Coalition is raising the alarm alongside its provincial counterpart in asking the province to change funding levels, create minimum standards of care, and provide additional support in responding to violent and aggressive residents. Dean McLaren of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union, John Goldthorp of […]

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A new report by the Ontario Health Coalition paints a crisis in long-term care facilities across Ontario.

(February 11, 2020) By: Global News According to the report, there is a critical shortage of Personal Support Workers to care for the growing number of residents – a problem that could be magnified as more beds open this year. Find the original video here

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Coalition calls on province to address long-term care ‘crisis’

(February 11, 2020) By: Stephanie Chaves, Blackburn News The Ontario Health Coalition says there’s a crisis affecting long-term care homes across the province. A new report, based on feedback from round-table meetings held across Ontario, examined key issues affecting nursing homes, staff and residents. Sarnia-Lambton Health Coalition Chair Shirley Roebuck said some of the main concerns […]

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Critical shortage of PSWs in long-term care facilities: Ontario Health Coalition report

(February 11, 2020) By: Neil McArtney, Global News A new report out Tuesday by the Ontario Health Coalition paints a grim picture inside long-term care facilities across Ontario. According to the report, there is a critical shortage of personal support workers (PSWs) across the province to care for the growing number of residents — a problem […]

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Press Conference Highlights PSW Crisis

(February 11, 2020) By: Heart FM A report on the shortage of Personal Support Workers written by the Ontario Health Coalition was presented at a press conference today in Tillsonburg. TILLSONBURG – A report on the shortage of Personal Support Workers (PSW) written by the Ontario Health Coalition was presented at a press conference today […]

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Long-term care staffing a ‘crisis:’ Report

(February 11, 2020) By: Kathleen Saylors, Woodstock Sentinel Review The Oxford Coalition for Social Justice is adding its voice to the chorus of Ontarians concerned with the critical shortage of personal support workers in the province’s long-term care homes. Sparked by a just-released report commissioned by the Ontario Health Coalition and Unifor, the union that represents Ontario’s […]

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New Report Outlines Critical Staffing Shortage in Long-Term Care

(February 10, 2020) By: NetNewsLedger Thunder Bay – Thunder Bay advocates, families, and representatives of front-line workers in long-term care came together to raise the alarm today. At a press conference held in Thunder Bay at the Unifor Headquarters, they released a new report on critical staffing shortages in long-term care. Speakers spoke about the […]

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PSW shortage a provincial and personal issue

(February 11, 2020) By: Rev. David Shearman, Owen Sound Sun Times In the last few months, with my late father needing more care, we began to investigate options for his retirement home. Where he was living had a waiting list of up to five years for a long term care bed. In the course of […]

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Home-care sector also losing PSWs due to working conditions

(February 11, 2020) By: Ellwood Shreve, Tilbury Times  Long-term care is not the only healthcare sector suffering a severe shortage of personal support workers. “The shortage of PSWs and other staff in home care is a huge issue,” said Sue Vander-Bent, the CEO of Home Care Ontario, a provincial organization that represents providers of home-care services. […]

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Ontario, Thunder Bay health advocacy groups calls PSW shortage a crisis

(February 10, 2020) By: CBC News Chair of the Thunder Bay Health Coalition calls PSW work “an assembly line in fast-forward” A new report, Caring in Crisis: Ontario’s Long-Term Care PSW Shortage, shines a light on the PSW shortage across the province. (Thunder Bay Health Coalition (Facebook)) The Ontario Health Coalition has released a new […]

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Report on PSW Shortage and the Local Impacts Being Released on Tuesday

(February 10, 2020) By: Heart FM “Every time I say the word crisis, I feel like that is not a strong enough word for what is being experienced across the Province.” WOODSTOCK – A report from the Ontario Health Coalition is going to highlight the crisis we are currently facing when it comes to a […]

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Personal support worker shortage a crisis

(February 10, 2020) By: Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com Union officials say in report province needs to fix the patient to staff ratio to improve quality of life for residents living in long-term care facilities and encourage more people to go into the profession. Laurie Raslack, whose mother was cared for in a local long-term care facility […]

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‘It scares me to death,’ says Hamilton PSW about severe shortages of long-term care staff

(February 10, 2020) By: Joanna Frketich, The Hamilton Spectator Long-term care homes in the province are in crisis and at their breaking point warns Unifor and the Ontario Health Coalition. “We’re not using the word crisis lightly,” said Andy Savela, director of health care for Unifor. “Frankly the bottom has now fallen out of long-term care […]

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Report finds Ontario experiencing severe PSW shortages

(February 8, 2020) By: Phi Doan, Sudbury.com The Ontario Health Coalition found that virtually every long-term care home was short-staffed on every shift. KITCHENER — A new Ontario Health Coalition reports is raising the alarm over the shortage of personal service workers (PSW) in long-term care homes. The report began back in the summer of […]

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Home care sector also losing PSWs due to working conditions

(February 8, 2020) By: Ellwood Shreve, The London Free Press Handout/Chatham Daily News Sue VanderBent, CEO of Home Care Ontario, says there is also a shortage of personal support workers in this sector of health care due to low pay and scheduling issues.   Long-term care is not the only health-care sector suffering a severe shortage of […]

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‘Extreme’ PSW shortage burning out long-term care workers: Study

(February 7, 2020) By: Ellwood Shreve, The Kingston Whig-Standard Postmedia File Photo JPG, NB Personal support workers caring for some 80,000 long-term care home residents in Ontario feel anger, frustration and burnout as they struggle to meet expectations while routinely working in understaffed facilities, a new report says. According to Caring in Crisis: Ontario’s Long-Term Care PSW Shortage, […]

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Mayor’s roundtable target of conflict of interest allegations

(February 7, 2020) By: Jeff Turl, BayToday.ca ‘The co-chair of the Mayor’s round table is the executive director of one of the agencies that is getting the money that is being cut from the hospital. The other agency’s executive director is also on the roundtable’ The executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition Natalie Mehra, says she’s […]

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Care workers burning out from shortage: Study

(February 6, 2020) By: Ellwood Shreve, Stratford Beacon-Herald (Print Edition) CHATHAM – Personal support workers caring for some 80,000 longterm care home residents in Ontario feel anger, frustration and burnout as they struggle to meet expectations while routinely working in understaffed facilities, a new report says. According to Caring in Crisis: Ontario’s Long-Term Care PSW Shortage, commissioned […]

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Government understands importance of PSWs: Nicholls

(February 6, 2020) By: Trevor Terfloth, Chatham Daily News (print edition) A Southwestern Ontario MPP says the provincial government is well aware of the of the importance of personal support workers, as well as the challenges the long-term care sector faces. Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls was responding to the Ontario Health Coalition and Unifor, organizations […]

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North Bay mayor, health coalition lock horns

(February 5, 2020) By: Jennifer Hamilton Mc Charles, North Bay Nugget The Ontario Health Coalition has fired back at Al McDonald following what it calls a “personal attack” by the North Bay mayor. In a letter, executive director Natalie Mehra says she was surprised to read McDonald’s Facebook comments following a media conference at which […]

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Kingston city council calls for halt to long-term care cuts

(February 5, 2020) By Elliot Ferguson, The Kingston Whig-Standard KINGSTON — The city joined a growing chorus of municipalities calling on the Ontario government to reverse planned cuts to funding for long-term care facilities. Councillors voted Tuesday night to reverse planned funding cuts to long-term care in order to maintain service levels and stem rising […]

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Transplant unit another LHSC program eroded by cuts, departures: Veteran doctor

(February 5, 2020) By Norman De Bono, The London News Press Another high-profile London doctor is sounding off about budget cuts at the London Health Sciences Centre, this time involving its organ transplant program, saying he quit his job because “I was tired of banging my head against the wall.” The  program’s budget has eroded […]

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Critical shortage of PSWs in long-term care homes: report

(February 5, 2020) By Miranda Chant, BlackburnNews The Ontario Health Coalition is sounding the alarm about a critical shortage of personal support workers (PSWs) in the province’s long-term care homes. In a report released on Wednesday, the coalition states Ontario’s long-term care homes have been dealing with a shortage of one to two PSWs on […]

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‘Extreme’ PSW shortage burning out Ontario long-term care workers: Study

(February 5, 2020) By Ellwood Shreve, Chatham Daily News Personal support workers caring for some 80,000 long-term care home residents in Ontario feel anger, frustration and burnout as they struggle to meet expectations while routinely working in understaffed facilities, a new report says. According to Caring in Crisis: Ontario’s Long-Term Care PSW Shortage, commissioned for […]

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PSW shortage is a crisis’ putting lives at risk: Ontario Health Coalition

(February 5, 2020) By: Celine Zadorsky, CTV News London LONDON, ONT. — The Ontario Health Coalition says a recent report by its team is showing a large shortage of personal support workers (PSW) in long term-care homes. Shoshannah Bourgeois has been a PSW for seven years. “I wanted to keep people at home as long […]

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Shortage of PSWs in long-term care in London, Ont. ‘very serious’: OHC report

(February 5, 2020) By Jacquelyn LeBel, Global News The Ontario Health Coalition’s cross-province tour highlighting the findings of its Caring in Crisis report arrived in London, Ont. on Wednesday. The report, commissioned by Unifor, focuses on the shortage of personal support workers (PSWs) in Ontario and was based on input from a series of roundtable events […]

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Mayor’s Roundtable report to be made public

(February 5, 2020) By: Jeff Turl, BayToday.ca Representatives from 29 community organizations, who live and work in North Bay and area, came together to put forward an actionable, community-based plan The controversial Mayor’s Roundtable report will be made public. See: Mayor’s Roundtable brings a sense of hope The report is at the centre of a decision […]

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NDP Health Critic and OHC Comment on Closure of North Bay Hospital Addiction Treatment Beds

(January 31, 2020) By: Business Wire, Yahoo Finance Following a review of recently made available reports, Natalie Mehra Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) director, Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas opposition health critic and Michael Hurley president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE), will hold a media conference in North Bay on Monday, February 3 […]

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People in North Bay Struggling With Addiction Will Suffer Greatly If Hospital Treatment Beds Close

(February 3, 2020) By: Business Wire, Financial Post NORTH BAY, Ontario — Close scrutiny of newly acquired reports and documents reveals that to date there has been no concrete evidence provided to support the closure of 31 hospital-based addiction treatment beds this coming June, in favour of a community services only model. “In fact, the […]

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Concerns over addiction treatment bed closures

(February 4, 2020) By: Megan Evans, CTV News Northern Ontario NORTH BAY — Ontario Health Coalition and hospital unions are concerned about the closure of 31 addiction treatment beds in North Bay, in favour of a community services-only model. Natalie Mehra, executive director for Ontario Health Coalition, is back in the northern Ontario city with a […]

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Many questions surround ‘shocking’ closure of area addiction treatment beds

(February 3, 2020) By: Stu Campaigne, MYWESTNIPISSINGNOW  L-R: Opposition Health Critic France Gélinas, OCHU/CUPE President Michael Hurley, and Executive Director of the Ontario Health Coalition Natalie Mehra. (Stu Campaigne, MyWestNipissingNow.com) The announced closure of 31 hospital-based addiction beds at North Bay Regional Health Centre is under scrutiny. “There is a serious opioid addiction crisis in […]

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More concerns over closure of residential addiction treatment program

(February 3, 2020) By: Chris Dawson, BAYTODAY.ca France Gelinas, opposition NDP Health Critic, speaks to the media Monday morning at the CUPE office on Lakeshore Drive. Photo by Chris Dawson/BayToday. CUPE, the Ontario Health Coalition and the NDP are looking for more answers relating to the proposed closure of the 31-bed North Bay Regional Health Centre […]

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‘Stop hiding, we want answers,’ warn public health advocates

(February 3, 2020) By: Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles, North Bay Nugget Nickel Belt MPP France Gelinas, opposition NDP health critic, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions Michael Hurley and Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition speak at a media conference the Canadian Union of Public Employees’ office on Lakeshore Drive Monday morning about the closure […]

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Opinion: Mayor’s ‘self-righteous indignation is misplaced’

(February 4, 2020) By: BayToday Staff Written by: Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition Ms. Mehra is responding to this story: Mayor lashes out at NDP Health Critic and Mr. McDonald’s Facebook posts. Al McDonald, this political attack is unwarranted and inaccurate. France Gelinas called for more community addictions services at the press conference and she did this multiple times very […]

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Mayor lashes out at NDP Health Critic

(February 4, 2020) By: Chris Dawson, BayToday.ca *See Ontario Health Coalition Executive Director Natalie Mehra’s response to this article here North Bay Mayor Al McDonald. Photo by Jeff Turl. The North Bay Mayor has voiced his concern over recent critical comments made about the Mayor’s Roundtable by the province’s NDP Health Critic at a recent […]

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‘PSW SHORTAGE IS A CRISIS’: ONTARIO HEALTH COALITION

(February 5, 2020) By: Celine Zadorsky, iHeart Radio The Ontario Health Coalition says a recent report by its team is showing a large shortage of Personal Support Workers in long term care homes. Long term care homes have reported that they are working with shortages of one to two PSW’s on almost all shifts. This […]

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Personal support worker shortage hits ‘crisis’ mode in Sault Ste. Marie, health coalition says

(February 4, 2020) By: James Hopkin, SOOTODAY.com Representatives from the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC), Unifor Local 1359 and Algoma Family Council Coalition gathered at the local Unifor office Monday to discuss a new OHC report on personal support worker shortages in Ontario. James Hopkin/SooToday The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) and Unifor are calling on the […]

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Staff increases needed to reduce violence in LTC homes: Advocacy group

(February 3, 2020) By: Allan Benner, The St. Catharines Standard Network 4 Long-Term Care Advocacy Committee chair Carol Dueck, right, and Ontario Health Coalition board member Sue Hotte discuss concerns about a shortage of personal support workers. – Allan Benner , Torstar As incidents of violence increase at long-term care homes, an advocacy group says having […]

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Caring in Crisis: Ontario’s Long-Term Care PSW Shortage

(February 3, 2020) By: Christopher Oldcorn, SaultOnline Today, the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) held a press conference at Unifor’s Sault office. They released a report on the shortage of Personal Support Workers (PSW) in long-term care facilities. OHC is an organization protecting public healthcare. This announcement was part of a province-wide tour bringing attention to […]

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News conference scheduled by critics of addiction treatment beds cut

(January 31, 2020) By: Jeff Turl, BayToday On Feb. 19 CUPE will host a town hall meeting at night for everybody in North Bay with a landline phone for a discussion about what they think can be done Concern over the closing of North Bay hospital addiction treatment beds is drawing some high-power critics to the […]

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Report warns of serious shortage of personal support workers across Ontario

(January 31, 2020) By: Durham Radio News A report from the Ontario Health Coalition has several recommendations on how the province should deal with a serious personal support worker (PSW) shortage. The coalition and Unifor teamed up to hold round table meetings across the province to document the issue and get people’s thoughts on how […]

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Coalition pushes for more PSWs

(January 29, 2020) By: Sault Star The Ontario Health Coalition says the province needs more personal support workers and will be making its case through a series of meetings, including one in Sault Ste. Marie Monday. The public meetings, which begin Wednesday in Oshawa, will talk about the coalition’s new report, Caring in Crisis: Ontario’s […]

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PROVINCE URGED TO ACT NOW TO END PSW SHORTAGES

(January 31, 2020) By: Tami Jeanneret, Newstalk 610 CKTB iStock/Pornpak Khunatorn A local MPP is calling on the Ford government to address the shortage of PSW’s in the province. St. Catharines NDP MPP Jennie Stevens pointing to a new report from the Ontario Health Coalition that reveals over the last decade, the number of support hours […]

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Personal support worker shortage called a ‘crisis’: Ontario Health Coalition

(January 29, 2020) By: Katrina Squazzin, Global News According to the Ontario Health Coalition, there is a shortage of personal support workers in the province. They say low wages and demands of the job are driving people away from the industry. Find the original video here

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Some Ross patients were placed in ‘unconventional spaces’ in December

(January 30, 2020) By: Catherine Whitnall, Kawartha Lakes This Week Overcrowding at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay meant some patients landed in some “unconventional spaces” last month, officials say. “A challenge is that we have to keep certain beds open,” said Anne Overhoff, hospital vice-president, patient care and chief nursing officer, noting mental health beds are not […]

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Coalition pushes for more PSWs in Sudbury and across Ontario

(January 29, 2020) By: Sudbury Star Staff, Sudbury Star The Ontario Health Coalition says the province needs more personal support workers and will be making its case through a series of meetings, including one in Sudbury next month. The public meetings, which begin Wednesday in Oshawa, will talk about the coalition’s new report, Caring in […]

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Home care policies failing workers and patients in Ontario

(January 28, 2020) By: Zaid Noorsumar, Rabble.ca “The conditions of work are the conditions of care.” Natalie Mehra, executive director, Ontario Health Coalition As a nurse, Althea Quinn’s instinct was to spend more time with the husband of the dying woman she was attending to during a home visit. “It was obvious that she was […]

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Editorial: No cheap solution to overcrowded hospitals

(January 24, 2020) By: Editor, Welland Tribune Greater Niagara General Hospital in Niagara Falls was over-capacity for 176 of the first 181 days in 2019 The Greater Niagara General Hospital in Niagara Falls. – Julie Jocsak , Torstar The numbers were surprising but really, they only confirmed what we all already pretty much knew: Most […]

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Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition on “State of Emergency”

(January 24, 2020) By: The Joan Oakley Show, 640 Toronto – Global News Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, talks about the province ignoring repeated warnings and evidence leading to Declaration of “State of Emergency” in Brampton hospital and how similar issues apply across Ontario. Link to the original audio interview here

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Hospitals operating over capacity – report

(January 24, 2020) By: Michael Lee, North Bay Nugget ‘Our health centre can no longer operate beyond the capacities for which we are designed and funded, says North Bay official The first six months of 2019 saw the North Bay Regional Health Centre’s acute care beds at over capacity for a total of 24 days, […]

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City’s overcrowded hospital needs beds, money: Coalition; ‘It is time to rebuild our public health care’ it tells province

(January 24, 2020) By: Sudbury Star Amid a report that Health Sciences North is one of Ontario’s most overcrowded hospitals, a local health coalition is calling for more money and beds for the city’s primary health facility. “We are repeatedly told that plans are underway,” Dorothy Klein wrote in a pre-budget submission to the Standing […]

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New Report Says GNGH One of the Most Overcrowded Hospitals in Ontario

(January 23, 2020) By: Matt Holmes, NewsTalk 610 CKTB Matt Holmes speaks with Executive Director of the Ontario Health Coalition Natalie Mehra regarding a new report calling Greater Niagara General Hospital in Niagara Falls one of the most overcrowded hospitals in Ontario. Listen to the 14 minute audio interview here

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Preston Springs Hotel, GRT Strike, and Go Trains

(January 23, 2020) By: The Mike Farwell Show, 570 News Kitchener Listen to Mike Farwell discuss hallway medicine beginning at 65:57 and interview Natalie Mehra, Executive Director of Ontario Health Coalition, about hospital overcrowding and the impact it has on patients from 67:17 – 83:57. Link to the audio interview here

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‘Lack of resources’ costs London its top heart doc; Cardiac care no longer priority at deficit-bound LHSC, Bob Kiaii says

(January 23, 2020) By: Norman de Bono, Stratford Beacon-Herald London has lost its top heart doctor, who charges London Health Sciences Centre no longer considers cardiac care a top priority as it makes cuts to reduce its deficit. Bob Kiaii, former chief of cardiac care at LHSC and a pioneer in robotic-assisted cardiac surgery, has moved […]

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Gates ‘shocked but not surprised’ by overcrowding stats at GNGH

(January 22, 2020) By: Richard Hutton, Niagara This Week Falls hospital over capacity for 176 of 181 days in first six months of 2019 Hallway medicine at Greater Niagara General Hospital in Niagara Falls highlighted in CBC report. – Julie Jocsak , Torstar Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates says he’s “shocked but not surprised” […]

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‘We’ve hit the wall:’ head of clinical operations says Hamilton General Hospital resources running thin

(January 22, 2020) By: Christine Rankin, CBC News Around one third of unfunded beds at the General are in hallways and sun rooms Hamilton General Hospital exceeded its total capacity almost every single day for acute care within the first six months of 2019— and its adult surgery unit has been overcapacity for the past three-and-a-half years. (Cory Ruf/CBC) […]

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Ontario hospitals ask for nearly $1 billion to ease hallway health-care problem

(January 17, 2020) By:  Rob Ferguson, Toronto Star Anthony Dale, president of the Ontario Hospital Association, seen here in April 11, 2017, says Ontario’s hospitals are the most efficient in Canada. – Bernard Weil / Toronto Star file photo Hallway health care will worsen unless Premier Doug Ford’s government spends more money to ease overcrowding in […]

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How the hunt for profits has shaped Ontario’s home care system

(January 17, 2020) By: Zaid Noorsumar, Rabble.ca “I’m just sad that I’ve done [care work] for my whole career. My whole career has been taking care of people and trying to uphold a certain standard of care. And to come to this stage, so close to being able to retire and of course, I’m retiring […]

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Personal support worker shortage plaguing Ontario nursing homes

(December 24, 2019) By: Zaid Noorsumar, Rabble.ca The predominantly female and often racialized workforce of Ontario’s personal support workers (PSWs) is bearing the brunt of a chronically underfunded long-term care system, according to a new report released on December 9 by Unifor and the Ontario Health Coalition. The report is based on eight roundtable discussions the organizations […]

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Why a Toronto woman has spent 2 years in a hospital bed waiting for surgery

(December 12, 2019) By: Lisa Xing, CBC news Oula Jaber missed her daughter’s wedding and the birth of her granddaughter because she is in complex care, waiting for surgery. (Lisa Xing/CBC) The hum of oxygen being pumped into Oula Jaber’s lungs is constant. One look at the long, blue tube connected to her throat and it’s […]

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ST. CLAIR COLLEGE WORKS ON ENDING PSW SHORTAGE

(December 11, 2019) By: Gord Bacon, iHeartRadio AM800 Personal Support Worker Program Co-ordinator Beth Szabo Verzoc (left) speaks to parents at the PSW Information night at St. Clair College’s Centre for Applied Sciences in Windsor on Thursday December 5, 2019. (Photo by AM800’s Gord Bacon) St. Clair College is making a push for more personal […]

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City calls on province to halt health care cuts

(December 11, 2019) By: Tim Meeks, Belleville Intelligencer Councillor Pat Culhane presented a motion at Monday’s city council meeting calling for the City of Belleville to inform the Ontario government to halt all cuts to local health care services. Council passed the motion unanimously. TIM MEEKS JPG, BI The Friendly City has had enough of provincially […]

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Hundreds at Health-Care Rally: ‘Political choices … and they can be changed’

(December 8, 2019) By: Taylor Blewett, Ottawa Citizen From public health to paramedics, calls for more — not less — funding from the provincial government for a range of health-care services dominated a Saturday rally at TD Place arena. It was the last in a series of rallies organized across the province by the Ontario […]

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Action Demanded to End PSW Shortage in Ontario Long Term Care Homes

(December 8th, 2019) By: Tami Jeanneret, iheartradio.ca The Ontario Health Coalition is calling on the province to help end a shortage of Personal Support Workers in long term care homes. Coalition director Natalie Mehra says the shortage is at the crisis point. In a report released yesterday, the coalition found  long term care operators are  […]

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Health Care Workers Protest Province’s Plan to Merge Health Care Units

(December 7th, 2019) Staff, CTVNewsOttawa.ca Hundreds of health care professionals came to Lansdowne Park to protest Premier Ford’s cuts to health care. The rally at TD Place featured speeches and music. It was organized by the Ontario Health Coalition and is in response to changes the Ford Government is making to health care across the […]

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New health team model will improve patient care, minister pledges

(December 7, 2019) By: Laura Glowacki, CBC news On Friday the Ontario government unveiled the new Ottawa Health Team. The organization’s goals include improving the way patients transition from hospital care into home care. (Darron Cummings/The Associated Press) A new health care system unveiled in Ottawa Friday will help free up hospital beds and improve care […]

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How red tape prevented this Toronto man from getting a health card for a year

(December 6, 2019) By: Lisa Xing, CBC news Jonathan King tried to get a health card at least half a dozen times, but kept getting turned away Jonathan King spent a year and several visits to Service Ontario before getting his health card. (Submitted ) A Toronto man has a story to tell about red tape […]

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Tories pushed to revisit health care changes

(November 30, 2019) By: Brian Kelly, The Sault Star Ontario Health Coalition protest at Algoma University’s George Leach Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. (BRIAN KELLY/THE SAULT STAR/POSTMEDIA NETWORK) Ontario Health Coalition is pushing the provincial government to amend planned changes to Ontario’s health-care system. The activist coalition wants the […]

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Hospitals pushing out patients ‘quicker and sicker’ due to cuts, Ontario Health Coalition says

(November 30, 2019) By: James Hopkin, Soo Today The Sault Ste. Marie Health Coalition – a group affiliated with the Ontario Health Coalition – led the call to end widespread cuts to provincial healthcare during a rally at the George Leach Centre Saturday. “I’m not doing this because of any kind of partisanship,” local coalition co-manager and […]

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Local Rally Hopes to Push Back at Government Health Care Cuts

(November 30, 2019) By: Megan Pounder, Sault Online Local front-line heath care workers and Saultities joined forces with the Ontario Health Coalition and the Sault Ste. Marie Health Coalition on Saturday afternoon at the George Leech Centre, as part of a rally to push back at government cuts to health care in the province. “(These […]

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Francois Legault and Doug Ford find common ground on immigration, healthcare and trade

(November 29, 2019) By: Matthew Lapierre, CTV News Montreal MONTREAL — The premiers of Quebec and Ontario had dinner with each other on Friday and released a joint statement after their meeting. The leaders found common ground on issues of immigration, healthcare and trade. In the statement, Francois Legault and Doug Ford said they discussed the importance […]

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Rally aims to rouse public wrath over health cuts

(November 29, 2019) By: Jeff Ougler, Timmins Daily Press Keep Ontario health care healthy by cancelling current and proposed cuts. That’s the message architects of a Saturday rally here hope to deliver to the province. Co-ordinated by the Sault Ste. Marie Health Coalition, Ontario Health Coalition and a local committee comprised of many organizations and community groups, […]

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LETTER: Reader voices concerns about provincial healthcare plan

(November 26, 2019) By: SooToday Staff SooToday has received the following letter to the editor from Saultite Marie DellaVedova on the Ontario government’s plans for public health care in the province: Open Letter to Fellow Residents of Sault Ste. Marie and Area: I wonder how many of us are aware of the Ontario government’s intent to drastically […]

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Attempted privatization of health care is moving ahead, stealthily

(November 21, 2019) By: Linda McQuaig, The Peterborough Examiner Even more damaging than health care cuts may be the Ford government’s embrace of further privatization, evident in recent legislation creating a health superagency with vast new privatization powers, writes Linda McQuaig. – Steve Russell , Toronto Star It warms the soul to recall the day […]

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Changes to health care system a costly mistake

(November 26, 2019) By: Sara McCleary, Sault This Week At the beginning of 2019, we learned of plans by the Doug Ford government to eliminate the province’s 14 local health integration networks in favour of merging all of Ontario’s health agencies under the umbrella of one “super agency.” Earlier this month, the government announced that work was […]

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Two views on massive changes to Ontario health care

(November 25, 2019) By: Derek Dunn, Inside Ottawa Valley The Doug Ford government is proposing to cut ambulance services from 59 to 10, health units from 35 to 10, and consolidating six agencies under the umbrella Health Ontario. Will the revenue savings result in improved patient care? It depends on who you ask. The Doug […]

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Nurses concerned they can’t provide proper care in crowded hospitals, says union

(Novemeber 22, 2019) By: Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen Sean McKenny from the Ottawa and District Labour Council talks to the media during a press conference in Ottawa Thursday Nov 21, 2019. Nurses are increasingly worried they are not fulfilling the requirements of their licenses because of the need to do more with less in crowded […]

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UNION: Ottawa nurses worried about patient care while having to do more with less

(November 22, 2019) By: Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Sun A file photo of part of the General campus of The Ottawa Hospital. Nurses are increasingly worried they are not fulfilling the requirements of their licenses because of the need to do more with less in crowded hospitals, says an Ottawa representative of the Ontario Nurses Association. […]

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Quinte West Council supports resolution to save local health care

(November 18, 2019) By: David Foot, Quintenews Quinte West Council is supporting a resolution from the Ontario Health Coalition to continue a campaign to “save local healthcare”. The resolution notes the negative impact of recent cutbacks on health care spending by the provincial government and has been circulated to municipalities across the province. In passing the […]

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No PC ‘mandate’ for health revamp: Group

(November 13, 2019) By: Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Sun A handful of people with the advocacy group Ottawa Health Coalition braved the cold outside The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus Monday to protest the state of health services in the province. Albert Dupuis, co-chairman of the Ottawa Health Coalition, said the group is planning a rally at […]

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‘Ontario didn’t vote for this’: Group protests cuts to health services

(November 13, 2019) By: Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen From long wait lists for long-term care to people being treated in hospital hallways and ambulances being unable to unload their patients at overcrowded hospitals, Ontario’s health system is under stress and underfunded, a coalition of health workers, caregivers, parents and others said Tuesday. A handful of […]

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Health coalition opens campaign office in the Sault

(Novemeber 12, 2019) By: James Hopkin, SooToday Volunteer-driven office to promote November 30 rally in Sault Ste. Marie protesting cuts to provincial healthcare. A ‘town crier’ was enlisted to announce the opening of the Sault Ste. Marie Health Coalition office Tuesday. A town crier – with a scroll and bell in tow, no less – […]

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Hundreds protest Ontario health-care funding in downtown Toronto

(November 9, 2019) By: Albert Delitala, Global News Hundreds of people ranging from health professionals to patients gathered in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday to protest the Ontario government’s approach to health care. “Once you lose something it’s really hard to get it back, so that’s why we have to fight to save these programs,” said […]

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Thousands to protest provincial health care cuts in Toronto

(November 9, 2019) By: Durham Radio News Thousands are expected to rally against the Ford government’s health care cuts in Toronto. The rally is set for Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at Nathan Phillips Square. Unifor and the Ontario Health Coalition are among the dozens of organizations taking part in the event. In particular, protesters are […]

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Protest Held At Nathan Phillips Square Over Ontario Health Care Cuts

(November 9, 2019) By:Katherine DeClerq, iHeartRadio Representatives from more than 50 organizations gathered at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday afternoon to protest provincial cuts to healthcare services as well as the amalgamation of local health units in Ontario. The groups said they are protesting “real-dollar cuts” to public hospital funding as well as the Progressive […]

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Rally against Ford government health care cuts

(November 9, 2019) By: City News Demonstrators gathered at Nathan Phillips Square Saturday to protest provincial cuts made to public health services. Initially, municipalities had varying public health cost-sharing arrangements with the province with the government paying 100 per cent of the cost in some cases. Under proposed changes introduced by the Ford government, all […]

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Rally against Ford government health care cuts

(November 9, 2019) By: 680 News Demonstrators gathered at Nathan Phillips Square Saturday to protest provincial cuts made to public health services. Initially, municipalities had varying public health cost-sharing arrangements with the province with the government paying 100 per cent of the cost in some cases. Under proposed changes introduced by the Ford government, all […]

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‘Extremely concerned’: Protesters decry Ontario health-care cuts, changes

(November 9, 2019) *Note: 600+ people estimated at the event By: CBC News Several groups and unions were involved in Saturday’s rally at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. (CBC) Around 200 people protested cuts to Ontario health care on Saturday, decrying the Ford’s government’s planned changes to public health and ambulance services at a rally in Toronto. “We’re […]

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Des Ontariens s’opposent à la centralisation des services de santé

(November 9, 2019) By: Radio Canada/CBC Plus de 50 organismes se sont rassemblés pour dénoncer les compressions budgétaires dans le secteur de santé et pour s’opposer à la centralisation de services de santé qui réduira selon eux l’accès aux soins médicaux. Le gouvernement ontarien veut créer une méga-agence de santé qui remplacera les réseaux locaux […]

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Protest held at Nathan Phillips Square over Ontario healthcare cuts

(November 9, 2019) By: Katherine DeClerq, CTV News Toronto Representatives from more than 50 organizations gathered at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday afternoon to protest provincial cuts to healthcare services as well as the amalgamation of local health units in Ontario. The groups said they are protesting “real-dollar cuts” to public hospital funding as well […]

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Protest held at Nathan Phillips Square over Ontario healthcare cuts

(November 9, 2019) By: Katherine DeClerq, CP24.com Representatives from more than 50 organizations gathered at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday afternoon to protest provincial cuts to healthcare services as well as the amalgamation of local health units in Ontario. The groups said they are protesting “real-dollar cuts” to public hospital funding as well as the […]

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Proposing Better Health Care To People Across Ontario

(November 8, 2019) By: 104.7 HeartFM A member of the Oxford Coalition for Social Justice will present to Oxford County council next Wednesday, proposing they pass a resolution to the Ontario government on providing better public health care. OXFORD COUNTY – Among the delegations scheduled for next week’s Oxford County council meeting will be regarding […]

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Editorial: Urgent-care centers a necessity in Niagara

(November 05, 2019) By: Kris Dube, St. Catharines Standard Even if it’s only to keep wait times within reasonable limits in Welland, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines, urgent-care centres in Fort Erie and Port Colborne must be kept open. “Unsupportable.” That’s what the Ontario Health Coalition calls Niagara Health’s plan to close urgent-care centres in […]

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Editorial: Urgent-care centres a necessity in Niagara

(November 5, 2019) By: The Welland Tribune Niagara Health’s Port Colborne facility. – Kris Dube , Torstar file photo “Unsupportable.” That’s what the Ontario Health Coalition calls Niagara Health’s plan to close urgent-care centres in Fort Erie and Port Colborne after a new hospital opens in Niagara Falls, which is tentatively set to happen in 2026. […]

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Health coalition rally takes aim at province; Public health amalgamations top list of concerns

(November 5, 2019) By: Trevor Terfloth, Chatham Daily News Activists, labour organizations and members of the public joined forces Saturday to voice their concerns about the provincial government’s health-care policies. Approximately 300 people, some of them arriving on a bus from other communities, attended the Ontario Health Coalition-hosted rally, at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre. The […]

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Protesters rally against consolidation of health networks

(November 2, 2019) By: Ricardo Veneza, CTV Windsor Ontario Health Coalition file photo CHATHAM, Ont. — A rally in Chatham Saturday looked to challenge the Ford government’s direction on health care. Former CAW leader Ken Lewenza rallied supporters at the Bradley Centre in Chatham to pressure the province to move off its planned changes to […]

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Health coalition rally in Chatham takes aim at province

(November 4, 2019) By: Trevor Terfloth, Wallaceburg Courier Press Health-care activists, labour organizations and members of the public joined forces Saturday to raise concerns with the direction the provincial government is taking on the issue. Approximately 300 people, some of them arriving on a bus from other communities, attended the rally, hosted by the Ontario Health Coalition […]

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HEALTH COALITION PREPARING FOR MASSIVE RALLY

(November 1, 2019) By: Sydenham Current With the aim of calling on the provincial government to stop the cuts and eliminating local health care services, the Chatham-Kent and Ontario Health Coalitions are holding a rally on Saturday, November 2. Organizers say hundreds of local Chatham-Kent residents will be joined by approximately 150 people from across […]

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Ontario Health Coalition to Hold Local Rally Protesting Health Cuts

(October 28, 2019) By: Megan Pounder, Sault Online The Ontario Health Coalition held a press conference at the Seniors Centre on Monday to announce an upcoming campaign to save local health care services. This campaign will take place in various places across Ontario, including an event at the George Leech Centre here in the Sault […]

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Ontario Health Coalition to host healthcare protest in the Sault

(October 28, 2019) By: James Hopkin, Soo Today The Ontario Health Coalition has launched a new campaign aimed at stopping cuts to public health funding across the province, which includes reductions in public health units and local ambulance services. The campaign efforts will serve as a lead-up to a rally that’s scheduled to take place […]

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City urging Ontario government to rethink health care changes

(October 28, 2019) By: Joelle Kovach, The Peterborough Examiner City councillors want to call on Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government to halt all its plans for mergers and funding cuts to health care in the province. At a meeting on Monday, council was expected to vote to send a resolution to Queen’s Park asking the government to […]

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Strong union turnout for health-care rally

(November 5, 2019) By: Bruce Corcoran, Chatham Voice Provincial health-care advocates addressed a crowd of several hundred people Saturday in Chatham, sending a message to Queen’s Park that any cuts to the delivery of health-care services will be strongly opposed. Put on by the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) and the Chatham-Kent Health Coalition, the rally, […]

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‘The cuts are so draconian’

(October 28, 2019) By: Jeffrey Ougler, The Sault Star Provincial government promises to end hallway health care ring hollow — and upcoming rallies are geared to state this fact loud and clear, says Ontario Health Coalition. On Monday, the group unveiled its plan for a rally at noon, Nov. 30, at Algoma University’s George Leach Centre — […]

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Health care rally to take place in Chatham

(November 1, 2019) By: Cheryl Johnstone, BlackburnNews A rally to save local health services is set to take place at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre on Saturday, November 2. The Chatham Kent Health Coalition (CKHC) is protesting proposed changes by the Ontario government to health services, like merging health units, and paramedic dispatch. “What […]

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Lambton County pushing against health care cuts

(October 24, 2019) By: Tyler Kula, Sarnia & Lambton County This Week Local health-care watchdogs and Sarnia’s mayor announced at Sarnia city hall they’re calling for community support to push for a reversal on planned provincial health care cuts. From left are Shirley Roebuck, with the Sarnia Lambton Health Coalition, ONA member Emily Webb, Sarnia […]

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Health Coalition Opens Downtown Office

(October 18, 2019) By: 99.1 CKXS FM The Chatham-Kent Health Coalition is celebrating the opening of its new volunteer office in downtown Chatham as a part of a campaign to save local health care services. CK Health Coalition chair Shirley Roebuck cuts the ribbon on the group’s new volunteer office. Photo credit: Chris Taylor. Chair […]

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Lambton pushing against health care cuts

(October 22, 2019) By: Tyler Kula, The Sarnia Observer Sarnia’s mayor and health care watchdogs are calling for the provincial government to back off plans to consolidate public health units in Ontario. Local health-care watchdogs and Sarnia’s mayor announced Tuesday at Sarnia city hall they’re calling for community support to push for a reversal on […]

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Healthcare rally planned in Chatham

(October 22, 2019) By: Colin Gowdy, Blackburn News (From left to right) Shirley Roebuck, Emily Webb, Mayor Mike Bradley, Laurie Nancekivell at Sarnia City Hall. October 22, 2019. (Photo by Sarnia Lambton Health Coalition) Another major healthcare rally is planned in Chatham Saturday, November 2. The Sarnia Lambton Health Coalition wants to fill a bus […]

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Health Coalition Holding Rally November 2

(October 11, 2019) By: Sydenham Current Groups from Chatham Kent and across Southwestern Ontario gathered on Thursday to build an event “that cannot be ignored.” The Chatham-Kent Health Coalition, along with the Ontario Health Coalition, gathered on Thursday for a press conference in Chatham. “Public health services save lives, prevent illness and injury, keep people […]

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‘We can win this’

(October 10, 2019) By: Paul Pedro, Blackburn News Ontario Health Coalition kicks off “Save Health Care” campaign in Chatham. Oct 10, 2019. (Photo by Paul Pedro) The Ontario Health Coalition says it is confident it can win a fight to prevent health care mergers and save critical services. Major province-wide rallies are scheduled in November, […]

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Municipalities pushing back over Ontario health care cuts

(October 23, 2019) By: Bryan Bicknell, CTV News London LONDON, Ont. — A movement among local jurisdictions opposing provincial government cuts to health care that began in southwestern Ontario appears be growing. It stems from the Doug Ford government’s move to reduce the number of health units in Ontario from 35 to 10 in a […]

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Rallying The Troops For Health Care Fight

(October 11, 2019) By: 99.1 CKXS FM A group of local advocates is preparing for what it calls a David and Goliath battle with the province over cuts to health services in Ontario. “We’re extremely concerned, obviously,” Mehra says. “Public health services, ambulance services, dispatch services, local hospitals, long term care provide life-saving services, life-prolonging […]

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“Now, Hospitals are becoming even more overcrowded because of that”

(October 16th. 2019) By: Bruce Corcoran, The Chatham Voice Shirley Roebuck, co-chair of the Chatham-Kent Health Coalition, speaks to reporters Oct. 10 as Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, looks on. They and others criticized the provincial government over the idea of reducing the number of public health units and EMS organizations […]

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Mergers make little sense

(October 16, 2019) By: Chatham Voice Whenever local autonomy is lost to government-imposed service centralization, it leaves communities with many questions and concerns. Each community, including Chatham-Kent, is unique with its own set of local needs and issues to be addressed. So, it really is no surprise the Chatham-Kent Health Coalition is joining its Ontario […]

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Health Coalition & Broad Array of Groups Launch Campaign to Build Mass Stadium-filling Event to Save Local Health Care Services

(Oct. 11, 2019) By: GlobeNewsWire Groups from Chatham Kent and across Southwestern Ontario are coming together to build an event that cannot be ignored. Their goal is to save the local Public Health Units and ambulance services from closure and protect their local governance. The groups are also advocating to stop funding cuts to public […]

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London Health Coalition calls out Conservative candidate Liz Snelgrove

(October 11, 2019) By: Sayer Bogdan, Global News The London Health Coalition and Council of Canadians are demanding accountability from London West Conservative Candidate Liz Snelgrove. (Left to right) Roberta Cory with the Council of Canadians and Peter Bergmanis with the London Health Coalition. Sawyer Bogdan / 980 CFPL The London Health Coalition and the […]

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Health coalition rally planned for Nov. 2

(October 11, 2019) By:  Trevor Terfloth, Chatham News Citing grave concerns with cuts and mergers, health-care advocates are teaming up with labour organizations and First Nations to raise awareness on a larger scale. The Ontario Health Coalition held a media conference outside the Chatham-Kent Civic Centre last Thursday to launch its campaign and announce a […]

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Ontario Health Coalition calls Niagara Health’s plans for the future ‘unsupportable’

(October 11, 2019) By: Kris Dubé, The Welland Tribune Niagara Health chief of staff Dr. Johan Viljoen and interim president Angela Zangari. – Kris Dube, Torstar Niagara Health is ignoring the needs of Fort Erie and Port Colborne residents with its planned closure of each community’s urgent care centre in the next few years, says […]

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LHSC, paramedics plan pilot to offload some patients to chairs, not beds

 September 3, 2019 By:  Jennifer Bieman, The London Press Southwestern Ontario’s largest hospital and the London-area ambulance service are getting ready to let paramedics drop certain patients off in waiting room chairs when no hospital beds are available. Middlesex-London paramedics Don Black and Samantha Quinlan pull out a stretcher from their ambulance. (Free Press file […]

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How to end hallway medicine, Part 1: Understanding the crisis

August 21, 2019 By: Matt Gurney, TVO ANALYSIS: Ontario hospitals don’t have enough beds, and patients often end up on stretchers in hallways — sometimes for days. So who’s to blame? Patients who’ve been assessed, triaged, and stabilized but can’t yet leave the hospital remain in the emergency room because there is nowhere else to […]

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Ottawa mayor says Ford agreed in meeting to not cut long-term care home funding

 August 20, 2019  By Victoria Gibson  3:40pm, iPolitics Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson poses for a photo in his office in Ottawa on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. iPolitics/Matthew Usherwood A private meeting between Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson resulted in the premier agreeing that cuts should not be made to long-term care […]

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Evening Brief: Watson says Ford agreed long-term care funding shouldn’t be cut

August 20, 2019 By: iPolitics  5:31pm, IPolitics Premier Doug Ford speaks at the Grand River Transit bus garage in Kitchener in August 2019. Brent Davis/The Record Good evening.  The Lead A private meeting between Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson resulted in the premier agreeing that cuts should not be made to long-term […]

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Peterborough Health Coalition hosting drop-in session Ashburnham: Have your say on the state of health care

August 12, 2019 By: Alexsandra Thompson, The Peterborough Examiner  Local residents can offer input on the state of local health care at a drop-in session organized by the Peterborough Health Coalition this week. – Jason Bain/Examiner file photo Have your say about the public health system at a drop-in organized by the Peterborough Health Coalition. […]

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Ontario needs $5.2B in additional health cuts to reach savings targets: Report

August 8, 2019  By: Andrew Graham 2:47pm, Global News  Michael Hurley, left, president for the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions and Canadian Union of Public Employees, and Peter Bergmanis, co-chair of the London Health Coalition. A new report suggests Ontario has the most underfunded healthcare system in Canada and billions in additional cuts may be required […]

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Province promises to follow through on recommendations from Wettlaufer inquiry

August 1, 2019 By: Paul Pedro  5:06AM, Blackburn News  The Ontario government is promising to take immediate action to improve the long-term health care system, following the results of a public inquiry into how serial killer Elizabeth Wettlaufer was able to murder eight nursing home residents in her care. A total of 91 recommendations were […]

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Will Ontario’s restructured health-care system mean never navigating the health-care system alone?

THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2019 The model of bundled care sees different groups of providers band together, share accountability and care for the patient throughout the entire journey. NEWS 05:00 AM by Joanna Frketich  ,  Grant LaFleche  The Hamilton Spectator and St. Catharines Standard It’s hard to guess what the journey of patients like Pat Coffer will look like after the Progressive […]

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Provincial funding cuts will affect services at city’s long-term care homes, mayor says

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is calling on the Ontario government to reverse funding cuts that will leave the city’s four municipal long-term care homes half a million dollars in debt this year, and more than a million in debt by 2020.   ELIZABETH PAYNE | Updated: July 22, 2019 Garry J Armstrong long term care on […]

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Letters to the editor: July 18 – Downtown far from ideal for new campus

Published on: July 17, 2019 | Last Updated: July 17, 2019 6:47 PM EDT I believe that city council should reconsider the proposal of a downtown St. Lawrence College campus. Downtown campuses can play a very important educational role in big cities where the main campus is distant from a significant proportion of the city […]

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Doug Ford has mental health and hospitals on the chopping block as he fails to keep health care promises

More privatization appears on the horizon as the government takes steps backward, writes Gordon Guyatt. OPINION 05:00 AM by Gordon Guyatt Hamilton Spectator Premier Doug Ford at an announcement with Merrilee Fullerton, recently named minister of long term care. Fullerton is also a doctor with a long record of advocating for two-tier and privatized health care. – Cole Burston,The […]

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Province cuts 2 funds for long-term care homes

‘No specific concerns’ about funding loss in North Bay, says Coun. Chris Mayne PJ Wilson | Published on: July 24, 2019 | Last Updated: July 24, 2019 10:07 AM EDT Cassellholme Home for the Aged Nugget File Photo PICASA / JPG, NB There are “no specific concerns” about the effect of provincial funding cuts on Cassellholme at this […]

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Christine Elliott downplays Premier Ford’s health-care promise

By Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — Jul 15 2019 TORONTO — It will likely take longer than a year to end overcrowding in Ontario’s hospitals, despite a promise from Premier Doug Ford to tackle the problem in 12 months, the health minister said Monday. Days after Ford’s declaration, Health Minister Christine Elliott downplayed his remarks, saying he was articulating the government’s “wishes” but […]

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LHIN job cuts can have positive outcome, care expert says

Agency’s role was strategic and advisory, not service delivery NEWS Jul 07, 2019 by Catherine Whitnall  Kawartha Lakes This Week The recent elimination of more than 800 jobs at Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and six other health-care agencies will not have a direct impact on the City of Kawartha Lakes.But that doesn’t mean changes are not coming as […]

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Ontario health minister says ending ‘hallway health care’ will take longer than Ford promised last week

By Rob Ferguson | Queen’s Park Bureau | Mon., July 15, 2019 Health Minister Christine Elliott is walking back remarks made by Premier Doug Ford at the annual premiers’ conference last week, promising “hallway health care” would be a relic of the past by this time next year. “I can’t put a specific time line on it,” Elliott […]

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Media Advisory – PC hospital cuts are worse than projected; OHC, CUPE Queen’s Park media conference Monday

NEWS PROVIDED BY Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (CUPE) | Jul 12, 2019, 13:47 ET TORONTO, July 12, 2019 /CNW/ – Recent comments by the Ontario ministry of health reveal that despite a promise (reiterated this week) by the Premier to end hallway medicine, hospital cuts will intensify. The Ontario Health Coalition and the Ontario Council of Hospital (OCHU) […]

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Increase long-term funding to Ontario’s healthcare system, CUPE says in new report

Ontario Council of Hospital Unions says Thunder Bay will be short 80 beds, 500 hospital staff needed by 2024 Matt Prokopchuk · CBC News · Posted: Jul 03, 2019 7:00 AM ET | Last Updated: July 3 Michael Hurley is the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions. (Matt Prokopchuk / CBC) The union that represents staff in Ontario’s […]

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What Does Healthcare Look Like One Year into the Ford Government?

By Megan Pounder July 5, 2019 OCHU/CUPE President Michael Hurley presents ‘Protecting What Matters Most,’ a new report by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions. Photo by Megan Pounder/SaultOnline One year ago, the PC Government made vague promises in regards to ending hallway medicine, increasing system capacity while keeping public sector staff and cutting government spending on […]

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Premier Ford can’t wish hallway medicine away and cut millions of dollars from hospitals, long-term care, public health and EMS in 2019

Posted: July 15, 2019 TORONTO, ON – While Premier Doug Ford announced last week that, within a year, no more patients would receive care in hospital hallways, the spring 2019 provincial budget and an economic review by Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office (FAO) point to hallway medicine getting much worse as health care cuts intensify, reports released at […]

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Christine Elliott downplays Premier Ford’s promise to end hallway medicine in 1 year

Ford said last week that PCs would end hallway medicine within 12 months The Canadian Press · Posted: Jul 15, 2019 1:09 PM ET | Last Updated: July 15 Health Minister Christine Elliott says addressing the issue of overcrowding in hospitals will require the government to build more long-term care spaces, improve addictions and mental-health funding, and […]

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Hallway medicine: Expensive, frustrating and complicated. Doug Ford vowed to fix it.

Critics say Premier Doug Ford’s massive overhaul of the provincial health-care system does not address the lack of capacity and services in hospitals, which are already stretched thin NEWS Jul 23, 2019 by Joanna Frketich  ,  Grant LaFleche  The Hamilton Spectator and St. Catharines Standard David Hartfield in his Thorold South home, May 23, 2019. Hartfield was recently forced to go […]

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How Ontario’s new regional health teams will operate is anyone’s guess in ‘low-rules environment’

No one is sure how they will be governed or funded, or how they will function. But they will be the way forward for health care in the province. NEWS Jul 20, 2019 by Grant LaFleche  ,  Joanna Frketich  Hamilton Spectator and St. Catharines Standard “My mom made me promise that she would never go in a nursing home,” said Susan […]

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Did Ontario’s Local Health Integration Networks fail?

The provincial Tories have wanted to kill the LHINs since 2011 NEWS Jul 20, 2019 by Grant LaFleche  ,  Joanna Frketich  Hamilton Spectator and St. Catharines Standard While Ontario’s most urgent problem is the thousands of people stuck on unbudging wait lists for a nursing-home bed, barriers to care can also arise once a senior secures a placement. – Scott Gardner […]

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Introducing Ontario’s new health care super power

14 regional health districts will be replaced by Ontario Health, a new agency which will oversee everything from hospital and home care to cancer care and family medicine. NEWS Jul 22, 2019 by Joanna Frketich  ,  Grant LaFleche  The Hamilton Spectator and St. Catharines Standard Ontarians are tired of governments who are ‘tinkering around the edges’ of improving health care and […]

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Is Ontario heading toward more private health care?

Critics say the door to privatization is opening. The government says it is improving public health care. NEWS Jul 24, 2019 by Joanna Frketich  ,  Grant LaFleche  Hamilton Spectator and St. Catharines Standard Premier Doug Ford and health minster Christine Elliott have insisted that “privatization” is not part of the government’s long-term plan but health unions are concerned. – Andrew Francis […]

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Provincial funding cuts will affect services at city’s long-term care homes, mayor says

ELIZABETH PAYNE Updated: July 22, 2019 Garry J Armstrong long term care on Island Lodge Road in Ottawa. Photo by Jean Levac    Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is calling on the Ontario government to reverse funding cuts that will leave the city’s four municipal long-term care homes half a million dollars in debt this year, and […]

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Ontario Health Coalition says long term care funding cuts will hurt local facilities

Renfrew, ON, Canada / 96.1 Renfrew Today July 17, 2019 03:23 pm The Ontario Health Coalition is sounding the alarm about funding changes for long term care homes that come into effect on August 1st. The Coalition says two Renfrew County owned long term care homes are going to be particularly hard hit. A release […]

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Ending hallway medicine in a year? Not so fast, Elliott says

Antonella Artuso | Published on: July 15, 2019 | Last Updated: July 15, 2019 6:31 PM EDT Patients wait in the hallway at the overcrowded Queensway-Carleton Hospital in Ottawa in 2016. (Errol McGihon/Postmedia)  Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott is hedging on Premier Doug Ford’s promise to end hallway medicine within a year. “I think the premier was […]

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Health coalition blasts provincial government cuts to long-term care funding

July 15, 2019 | By Mike Baker The Ontario Health Coalition has raised concerns about the Ford government’s funding cuts to long-term care. “The Ontario Health Coalition has been made aware that level of care funding has experienced significant real dollar cuts. The per diem rate has been increased by 1%, which does not meet the […]

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Changes to long-term care funding impacting Victoria Manor

City of Kawartha Lakes to lose $68,000 in government support and see the end of two funding programs, valued at $79,625, for 2019 NEWS Jul 12, 2019 by Catherine Whitnall  Kawartha Lakes This Week The city of Kawartha Lakes is being hit by Ford government funding cuts to long-term care, but the impact isn’t quite as bad as other […]

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Healthcare townhall meeting being held over ‘super agency’ bill concerns

Jun 18, 2019 10:30 AM by: Phi Doan It will happen Wednesday night in Waterloo A townhall meeting is being held on June 19 over concerns related to the passing of Bill 74 and what impact it could have on the Ontario healthcare system. The Ontario Liberal Party and Waterloo Region Health Care Coalition are hosting the […]

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Fact checks and firsthand accounts of key Ford government cuts

Maya Bhullar | July 11, 2019 The legislative assembly of Ontario will be returning from summer break after 144 days and after the 2019 federal election. Here is a comprehensive list of the cuts and canceled programs made by the Progressive Conservatives and Ontario Premier Doug Ford in their first year. Since firsthand accounts and fact checks […]

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Ontario Health Coalition planning all out war to save health care

BY PAUL PEDROJULY 10, 2019 9:31PM@PaulPedroNews The Ontario Health Coalition has big plans to try and prevent pending health care cuts. Coalition Executive Director Natalie Mehra was in Windsor Wednesday night to meet with the Windsor Health Coalition and brainstorm to save health units, ambulance stations and other health care cuts such as cuts to long-term […]

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Increase long-term funding to Ontario’s healthcare system, CUPE says in new report Social Sharing

Matt Prokopchuk · CBC News · Posted: Jul 03, 2019 7:00 AM ET | Last Updated: July 3 Michael Hurley is the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions. (Matt Prokopchuk / CBC) The union that represents staff in Ontario’s hospitals is calling on the provincial government to spend more on healthcare over the course of its mandate, arguing […]

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Health coalition calls on action in response to provincial cuts

Health coalition calls on action in response to provincial cuts Ryan Stelter  Published on: July 4, 2019 A small, informal session was held to discuss provincial cuts to healthcare at Seven Generations Education Institute Wednesday, July 3. Ryan Stelter/Miner and NewsA small group of healthcare providers and concerned citizens met at Seven Generations Education Institute […]

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Round table discussions hope to resolve PSW crisis in Sudbury

Round table discussions are happening throughout the province Jamie-Lee McKenzie · CBC News · Posted: Jun 06, 2019 10:34 PM ET | Last Updated: June 6 The round table in Sudbury focused on the critical shortage of PSWs and finding solutions to improve the situation. (Ed Hunter/CBC) The Ontario Health Coalition and Unifor are trying to find solutions to the Personal […]

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‘Stingy’ Ontario fuels PSW shortage: forum

Mary Katherine Keown The Sudbury Star Published on: June 6, 2019 | Last Updated: June 6, 2019 10:14 PM EDT Participants look on at a round table discussion focused on the shortage of personal support workers at long-term care facilities at the Steelworkers’ Hall in Sudbury, Ont. on Thursday June 6, 2019. The meeting is […]

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Sudbury briefs: PSW shortage meeting; hospital AGM; art walk

Donald Macdonald Published on: June 5, 2019 | Last Updated: June 5, 2019 2:00 PM EDT Input required on PSW shortage A round table discussion on the critical shortage of PSWs in long-term care homes takes place June 6 at 3 p.m. at the Steelworkers Hall, 66 Brady St. What does the situation look like on […]

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People’s Healthcare Act is ‘really a restructuring bill’: Natalie Mehra

NEWS Mar 12, 2019 by Luke Edwards  Niagara This Week Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, speaks to a group of St. Catharines residents Monday evening. The coalition is cautioning about changes coming under the proposed Bill 74, the People’s Healthcare Act. – Luke Edwards , Niagara This Week The Ontario Health Coalition is warning Niagara […]

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Advocates for health care anxious about timing of Ross Memorial’s ‘special legislation’

Published on May 24, 2019  in Community/Health/Provincial  by Joli Scheidler-Benns  With recent ‘merger memories’ still top of mind, Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition (KLHC) members are alarmed over the future of Ross Memorial Hospital after reading the public notice about new special legislation initiated by Ross near the same time as the passing of the PC’s omnibus Bill 74. […]

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Durham health unit merging with three other agencies

Posted on May 21, 2019 by oshawaexpress in NEWS, REGION By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express   Durham’s health department will be amalgamated with three others under a proposed plan by the province. In its 2019 budget, the Ford government announced it would take Ontario’s 35 public health units and merge them into 10 regional planning groups. Under the proposed plan, Durham […]

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Health mergers would be bad for Sudbury, Northern Ontario: critics

Jim Moodie | Published on: April 23, 2019 | Last Updated: April 23, 2019 11:16 PM EDT Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, speaks to Sudbury Star reporter Mary Katherine Keown in Sudbury, Ont. on Friday May 11, 2018. She said Tuesday that Sudbury and Northern Ontario will suffer under the province’s […]

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What you should know if your health card is expiring?

Megan DeLaire – Yahoo Canada News May 9, 2019 Diagrams of different styles of red-and-white Ontario Health Cards taken from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care website. (Image from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care) There are 400,000 red-and-white Ontario health cards still circulating 25 years after work to phase them […]

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Barrie-area groups get $1.7 million for mental health, addiction services – But Ontario Health Coalition says this is actually a cut to funding for the sector

NEWS May 10, 2019 by Chris Simon  Barrie Advance Barrie-area Progressive Conservative Party MPPs Doug Downey and Andrea Khanjin discuss the Ontario budget at Downey’s constituency office April 12. – Chris Simon/Metroland   The Ontario government is giving a financial boost to local mental-health services. Six organizations will receive a total of $1.74 million for their efforts to treat […]

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