If you regularly read these pages, you’ll notice that we have been sounding the alarm for some time now about the surge capacity of hospitals.
If you have an average occupancy of 98 per cent, what happens when you have a bad flu season or there is a significant pandemic in the community? You can’t, as Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel recommends, turn it up to 11.
One of our favourite targets here at the Diablogue is Windsor Regional Hospital CEO David Musyj, who has a habit of blaming everyone but himself for his hospital’s ongoing woes.
Musyj is back in the media this week telling Windsor residents to think about going elsewhere after the holidays given his already clogged emergency room at the Metropolitan Campus is going to get worse.
The fact that the ER is clogged during a traditionally quieter time is “making us very concerned about what we’re going to see after the holidays,” Musyj told the Windsor Star.
Less you worry about your ability to get treated after that somewhat uncooked turkey, Musyj also says “there is nothing dramatic changing one way or another.” Huh?
Musyj says he will have extra beds to fill with those emergency patients, but doesn’t say where they are coming from.
Maybe it’s a slow news day in Windsor. Then again, it could be yet another early warning that cutting all those hospital beds over the last decade may have gone a little too far.