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QHC proposes how to cut $11.5 million

Quinte Health Care hospitals will retain emergency rooms, beds and diagnostic services but proposed changes include about $7 million in cost reductions in non-clinic areas and $4.5 million in patient care areas as cuts of $11.5 million need to be made for the next fiscal year.

Difficult changes for staff and management in almost every department are expected as a result of the new funding formula changes for Ontario hospitals under the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Prince Edward County retains its endoscopy service and the plan for a new hospital continues. QHC expects Belleville will be where most of more than 50 jobs will be lost among the corporation’s 1,700 employees.

“Although there are some changes to clinical services and access to care across the hospitals, the vast majority of the changes are related to staffing levels and efficiencies in almost every area of QHC,” said Mary Clare Egberts, QHC President and CEO.

The changes in the plan that will be more obvious to patients include:
– the move of some surgical services from Trenton to Belleville;
– having complex continuing care beds at TMH;
– more focused services in the Rehab Day Hospital;
– no longer offering a pain clinic through QHC, but working with Hotel Dieu to establish a regional program.

She noted some recommendations from the recent Brighton-Quinte West Health Services Advisory Committee report were adopted, including working with other agencies to make Trenton’s hospital part of a health centre facility. Egbert said public feedback in the spring was also used in the development of a plan.

Between now and the end of October, QHC will gather input from physicians, staff and communities to refine the changes. The proposed plan will then go to the board in November and to the union partners to start the staff planning process.


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  1. Argyle says:

    The slow, painfull march toward the creation of one regional hospital in Belvegas continues. This has always been the Lhin and QHC plan.

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