Minister of Health Struggles to Provide Excuses for CCH Overcrowding

April 25, 2017

QUEEN’S PARK – During Question Period, MPP Jim McDonell demand the Minister of Health account for the continued overcrowding situation at Cornwall Community Hospital, where occupancy rates have been as high as 138% with patients accommodated in hallways and any space the staff could find.


“This government spent more than a decade giving with one hand and taking away with the other” MPP Jim McDonell stated. “To be clear, our Cornwall Community Hospital budget has not kept pace with inflation for nine years.  When our residents are most vulnerable and most in need, they deserve to feel secure and well cared for. Overcrowding makes that impossible. When overcrowding issues arise, all the Ministry can say is that the hospital should count the patients at midnight. For patients to be in hallways and cubbyholes is unacceptable at any time of the day or night. There are no excuses – the Minister must take all action to help Cornwall Community Hospital deliver the services its staff and administrators know our residents need and deserve.”


A high incidence of Alternative Level of Care patients awaiting placements in long-term care facilities compounds the problem.


“Year-long waits for placement are unacceptable” MPP McDonell commented. “In 2012 the Auditor General reported that our region had the longest wait times in Ontario for a long term care bed, but our CCAC reported that we had an over-supply beyond 2030, even though by then our seniors’ population over 75 would double. The facts don`t lie. It is time for the Minister of Health to leave the fantasy land painted by his Ministry’s figures and see the reality of a scarcity of long-term care beds in our region.”