Merger Talk Sparks Concerns
The push by authorities for a possible merger of The Scarborough Hospital (Scarborough General & The Scarborough Grace) with the Rouge Valley Health System (Scarborough Centenary & Ajax/Pickering) is in full flight.
Where the Ajax-Pickering Hospital fits into this scheme is, at this point, uncertain.Implications for residents, patients, workers and professions is unknown.
The Friends have requested assurances from the proponents that :
1. There is no service reduction losses at The Ajax-Pickering Hospital,
2. There will be no services denials locally as the population grows,
3. Ajax Pickering Hospital becomes a ‘centre of excellence’ within five years,
4. The an independent Chief of Medicine for Ajax-Pickering be appointed and report directly to the Board.
The community are advised to be informed and engaged in the merger discussions.
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RVHS Board OKs Hospitals Merger
Meeting on November 12, the RVHS approved 'in principle' a merger with the Scarborough Health System conditional on study, merger and resulting ongoing cost recovery. Approval of the new 'super' hospital by the Central East LHIN and the Ministry is expected.
Justifying the merger, RVHS Board chair Wideman stated "the status quo is not an option given the need to fundamental restructuring of the health system in light of increasing patient demand and reduced availability of funding."
An announcement statement promised that "patient care services provided at the RVHS Ajax & Pickering campus will continue to be delivered there regardless of the outcome of the process."
In an ongoing campaign highlighting short funding by the Ontario government, the Ontario Health Coalition points to "the need for the merged hospitals to find $28 million more cuts by 2014-15" and that "more funding cuts compromise patient and staff safety."
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The Friends of Ajax/Pickering Hospital is a group of concerned citizens, doctors, nurses, other health care providers, business officials, and patients who support the continued presence of Ajax/Pickering Hospital as the major hospital to fully service all present and future health needs of rapidly growing West Durham region.
Walter Donaldson, chair,
5 Kirkham Drive, Ajax, Ontario L1S 5L1