Ottawa Citizen

Home- care budgets are cut as ‘ bed blockers’ flourish

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Re: Senior ‘ bed blockers’ crowding hospitals: report, Oct. 14.

Give me a break! I started working at the Civic Hospital 25 years ago, and one of the major problems with hospital overcrowdi­ng then was “ bed blockers.”

In the newspaper last week, we are all informed once again that “ bed blockers” are taking up 19 per cent of acute- care beds.

The solution suggested in 1981 was more money into home- care programs.

The solution suggested from the extremely thorough, federally funded Romanow report in 2002 was more money into home- care programs.

The solution suggested in 2006 is more money into home- care programs.

I have now been working as a health- care profession­al in home care for 18 years. Again this fall, we are being told that our budget is being cut, and we are once again looking at visit reductions, layoffs and program cuts.

Maybe it is time for someone to actually act on the suggestion­s or solutions rather than just feeding wonderful ideas to the media. SANDRA DUSSEAULT,

Ottawa

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