Yet our health care in Ontario is at risk.
Years of hospital underfunding have resulted in cuts to registered nurses (RNs) and negative impacts on patient care. In 2015 alone, Ontario has lost more than 1.5 million hours of RN care due to cuts.Procedures are being moved from hospitals and offloaded into private clinics that are not accountable under provincial legislation. Funded services are being cut from hospitals and are not being provided in the community.
Cutting skilled nursing care means patients suffer more complications, readmissions and death, costing the system and all of us more. For every extra patient added to the average workload of a registered nurse, the risk of patient complications and death increases by seven per cent.
It doesn't make sense. We shouldn't be trying to balance the books at the expense of the health of the people of Ontario.
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