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Hospital overcrowding leads to poor patient care and low staff morale, report suggests

A new report shows the Ontario's major hospitals are operating at 100 per cent capacity which has significant impact on patient care and causes strain for hospital resources.
At Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), the occupancy rate was above 100 per cent during one quarter in 2013-14 and one in 2014-15. (CBC)

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According to documents obtained by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, hospital overcrowding is a critical problem in Ontario, with many major hospitals across the province operating at over 100 per cent capacity. That leaves some patients waiting days on end to access a bed and the care they need.

The documents reveal The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Brantford General, and London Health Sciences Centre were some of the worst hit.

 In this segment of The Current, we look at how overcrowding affects patient care and hospital resources, and what measures can be taken to avoid it.

  • Jim Hornell, president & CEO, Brant Community Health Care System
  • Dr. Ron Taylor, principal investigator of the accountable care unit pilot project at Pasqua Hospital

This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar and Sarah Grant.