CARP CALLS ON CANADA'S HEALTH MINISTERS TO GET HOSPITAL PATIENTS HOME SAFELY

Jan 14, 2014

By Jane Brown

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There is a call by CARP – A New Vision of Aging for Canadians – for assurances that hospital patients arrive home safely.  “Just because a person should not be staying overnight in hospital does not mean they’re well,” explains Vice President of Advocacy Susan Eng to the New AM 740’s Goldhawk Fights Back, “The last few cases we heard about in Winnipeg are just the tip of the iceberg.”

Eng has released an open letter to health ministers across the country following an increasing number of incidents of patients being sent home alone in taxis, inappropriately dressed, and without any assurances that they would be received safely at home.  “The Minister of Health in Manitoba says we’ll just get the taxi drivers to see them in the door,” Eng says, “well, that’s not their job and it’s not fair to put that on them.”

Eng says CARP is calling for a solution as soon as possible.  “The hospital administration and the Ministry of Health have got to think this through.  Create a plan and then say to fill this gap, we are asking for the following resources.  It could be a volunteer coordinator even.  I mean we’re not asking for you to have your own staff deal with this but you have to get people home safely.  It’s not really a lot to ask.”

Listen to the entire interview with Susan Eng here.

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