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Emergency departments experienced 868 closures in just 11 months, says new Ontario Health Coalition report

According to the report, up to November 24, the province experienced 868 emergency department closures (up from 848 recorded for the entirety of 2022), as well as 316 urgent care closures and 11 obstetrics clinic closures.

Published Dec 5, 2023 at 8:07pm

Joseph Coppolino
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Joseph Coppolino
Emergency departments experienced 868 closures in just 11 months, says new Ontario Health Coalition report

Over the last eleven months, Ontario experienced nearly 1,200 hospital and health care centre closures, equivalent to losing more than 30,000 hours worth of health care services in communities across the province, according to a report from the Ontario Health Coalition.

The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) released their newest report, Unprecedented and Worsening: Ontario’s Local Hospital Closures 2023, which tracked the closures of emergency departments and other health care units so far this year.

According to the report, up to November 24, the province experienced 868 emergency department closures (up from 848 recorded for the entirety of 2022), 316 urgent care closures, 11 obstetrics clinic closures, two outpatient laboratory closures, one intensive care unit closure, and one labour and delivery unit closure.

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