As the front-line facilities we know and trust, our local hospitals play a critical role in our communities, delivering high-quality health care to our friends, families and neighbours.
But our hospitals are facing real challenges. Emergency department visits are on the rise, and too many patients are having to wait in hospitals for care they should be receiving in more appropriate settings, like long-term, home or community care. This means our hospitals have less room to treat people who really need to be there or accommodate a sudden increase in patients like the ones that occur during the winter flu season. Unfortunately, that means many Ontarians have had to receive care in unconventional settings which has led to the rise of “hallway health care.”