Support for Lockdown Measures

Monday, December 21, 2020 - 10:46am

On behalf of all patients and healthcare workers, today Bluewater Health is adding our support to the Ontario Hospital Association’s call for further decisive action by the Government of Ontario regarding lockdown measures.

Every possible policy measure to avoid a crisis should now be invoked to assure safe access to care for patients, and protect staff and physicians working in hospital and community care settings.

COVID infections and hospitalizations are rising rapidly and show no signs of abating. Sarnia-Lambton has an alarming rate of increase, and every community, regardless of current status, must support this provincial initiative for this is a broad-based healthcare crisis in our province.

Hospital teams are trying to address surgical and procedural backlogs from the past several months. They are also supporting residents in other community settings. As a result, our staffing levels are being significantly challenged and are precarious.

The expected surge of infections post-holiday, combined with the known rise in seasonal illness we see annually at this time of year is adding grave cause for concern. Ontario’s hospital workforce and systems were not designed to manage these sustained pressures.

As hospitals prepare to cancel care at the direction of the province, it is imperative all measures are taken to reduce community transmission.

Sincerely,

Mike Lapaine
President & CEO

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