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Cutting too deep: New report says seniors being sent home too soon, without proper treatment

The Ottawa Sun, Kelly Roche

The province’s health reforms are failing acutely ill residents – especially seniors – according to a new report. “We see a pattern of neglect emerging,” said Ontario Council of Hospital Unions president Michael Hurley. Following a stroke, “it’s shameful that a person gets sent home without being given the physiotherapy that he or she needs to be able to walk,” he said. Same goes for a woman with osteoporosis who left a hospital without x-rays and later discovered that she had nearly 20 fractures. Pushed Out of Hospital, Abandoned at Home is being released in Bytown in early April. The report was compiled using a toll-free hotline garnering feedback from about 600 residents in more than 30 communities across Ontario over one year; roughly 100 participants from the eastern region.

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