Sudbury residents may be a little mystified by Health Minister Deb Matthews recent comments on their emergency room problem.
Health Sciences North recently closed 30 transitional beds in March. These beds were occupied by individuals described as alternate level of care (ALC) – patients who have completed their acute care treatment, but are not well enough to go home.
Now the hospital has among the highest waits in the province for access to its ER.
According to the Sudbury Star, a 17-hour wait in February expanded to a 19.7 hour wait in March. The hospital is fingering the rising number of ALC patients as the culprit.
Some would look at this and see some dots connecting.
Remarkably, in an interview with the Sudbury Star, Matthews said “I’ve been enormously impressed with the way the community has come together to find solutions.”