Ontario needs 60K more staff and 8K more beds to address ‘hospital crisis,’ union says – CTV

Sept. 14, 2023

The union representing 40,000 hospital workers in Ontario says the “hospital crisis” will only get worse, unless the province adds thousands more hospital beds and staff over the next four years on top of what is currently planned.

On Thursday morning, Michael Hurley, the president of Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU), and Doug Allan, CUPE’s hospital sector research, presented the findings of a report called “The Hospital Crisis: No Capacity, No Plan, No End.”

In their latest available data, the union estimates Ontario needs to boost bed capacity and staffing levels by 22 per cent over the next four years in order to adequately care for the province’s aging and growing population. This means about 8,170 more hospital beds need to be added and 60,000 more staff need to be hired, according to the union.

For Toronto alone, the union says about 2,270 hospital beds should be added and about 11,960 more hospital workers need to be brought on.

Read more: https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-needs-60k-more-staff-and-8k-more-beds-to-address-hospital-crisis-union-says-1.6561404

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