The President and CEO of Alexandra Hospital and Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital says their commitment to providing quality health care services will be balanced with the availability of resources and the wellness of their staff.
TILLSONBURG/INGERSOLL - Ontario Health West has asked all of its hospitals to prepare a coordinated plan to prepare for staff and physician shortages this summer.
This includes Alexandra Hospital in Ingersoll and Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital. President and CEO Nadia Facca released the following statement yesterday.
"Where service adjustments become unavoidable, often at the last minute due to either unplanned staff absences or high bed occupancy, our commitment is to make sure that all health care partners and communities are aware. Our commitment to providing high quality, safe health care services will be balanced with the availability of resources and the wellness of our teams."
Over the past four years, more than 4,400 health care workers have retired from the field. There has been a 91% increase in the number of unfilled health care positions since 2021. Nursing shortages have been so bad in some areas, that emergency rooms and labour and delivery services were closed or temporarily suspended.
According to a recent Ontario Hospital Association survey, stress and burnout from caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic were the main reasons cited by staff for leaving.