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Londoners to voice opinions on local hospitals

Victoria Hospital, London, Ont.
Victoria Hospital, London, Ont. 980 CFPL

The Ontario Health Coalition wants to hear from Londoners about their experiences with local hospitals.

The organization is touring the province gathering feedback from patients, their families and hospital workers to find out what’s working, what’s not, and how they think things could be improved in hospitals across the province. They were in Woodstock this weekend and bring the session to London Tuesday.

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“We’re looking for the good stories. People who have best practices that they think should be shared across the province or hospitals that have done something special to innovate to help deal with wait times,” said Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition.

“[We also want to hear from] people who have ended up waiting for days trying to get a hospital bed, or paramedics who are frustrated at having to wait to offload their patients.”

Mehra said they want to gather as much information as possible in order to spark a public debate about the changes needed to protect and improve publicly funded hospitals.

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“[We’re going to] take the recommendations for positive improvement, take the stories, and come up with a report on what we’re seeing across the province, and then [create] a list of recommendations about how we can improve things,” said Mehra.

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Tuesday’s consultation is set for 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Hunt Room at the Central Library.

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