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LILLEY: Prime Minister's report puts an emphasis on health headaches

Busy corridor at Brampton Hospital, January 10, 2018 (Dave Abel, Toronto Sun)

Ontario residents have difficulty accessing health care and feel the stress of coping with a patient-centered system: this is one of the obvious notes that came up in a report to be released on Thursday.

The first provisional report of the Prime Minister's Cabinet on improving health care and lifting the lobby should be announced on Thursday at 8 am.

The council is led by Dr Reuben Devlin and instead of offering a cure for millions of sick patients from Ontario, the report will mainly describe the symptoms of the system.

It takes a long time for a visit to a doctor, the system is too complex for most of the navigation, and the first line of patients and workers is dealing with the strain of the broken system.

All these problems are obvious to anyone who has tried to access the healthcare system in Ontario, but the senior state official emphasizes that it is the first of several reports, one that tries to set the diagnosis before it comes to the prescription.

Dr. Reuben Devlin (files from Toronto Sun)

"Only 35% of patients admitted to the hospital were received within eight hours," Devlin told Public Health while he held a speech in Ottawa last month.

This is a kind of shocking statistic that Devlin has in mind.

But those looking for solutions will have to wait a little longer.

We had long problems with the long-term arrival to the doctor, although the concept of health care in the corridor gained new meaning in the last provincial election.

Last April, in the middle of the campaign, the London Health Center issued a new protocol in response to overcrowding in the hospital. This is explicitly permitted for health care in the corridor.

"The corridor refers to any unconventional location that can accommodate a bed or a litter," says the protocol.

This could mean a closet for housekeepers, corners in the corridors, or wherever a bed or bed can be located, but it is not allowed to use staircases, exit doors or places where oxygen containers are stored.

The Liberals denied the seriousness of the problem, but Ford and computers promised to fix it.

Shortly after the election, Devlin was appointed as the head of the working group.

Devlin was trained as an orthopedic surgeon before he became a hospital administrator. He was President and CEO of Humber River Hospital in Northwest Toronto and is credited with developing the first digital hospital in the province.

That is to say, it is to the utmost possible to use touch-sensitive technology for drug-mixing robes.

In his speech in Ottawa last December, Devlin encouraged the adoption of technology and innovation.

"We need to redesign health care using some of the innovations available to us today," Devlin said.

"We need a system that guides you through the whole continuity of care: one calling number, one web site. We should be there today.

We may see some of the recommendations in the future report. But for now, the report before the government will mostly make it obvious: the system does not work properly.

As for how to fix it, stay with us.

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