Tuesday, May 26, 2009

3 Years Needed To Cut ER Wait Times: Health Minister Yves Bolduc

The Jewish General Hospital is ahead of the curve. Serving one of the oldest populations in Canada, it has already created the kind of specialized programs other hospitals will need in 10 or 15 years. Think of its approach as 'low tech but high touch.' Photograph by: JOHN MAHONEY/ THE GAZETTE

From The Montreal Gazette:

Quebec Health Minister Yves Bolduc says he needs three more years to significantly cut long stays in the province’s crowded hospital emergency wards.

“It’s unacceptable to spend 48 hours in the emergency ward,” Bolduc was quoted Tuesday in La Presse. “My goal is to eliminate (those long stays) one day. But for now, the goal is to reduce (stays of 48 hours or more) by 30 per cent in three years, which means a 30-per-cent improvement in the efficiency of our emergency wards.”

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