RTOERO signed a joint letter to the Ontario Government to express grave concerns over Bill 7, More Beds, Better Care Act, 2022. Other signatories include: Alzheimer Society of Ontario, CanAge, La Fédération des aînés et des retraités francophones de l’Ontario, International Federation on Aging and Save your Skin Foundation.
Bill 7 amends the Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021, to authorize the admission and transfer of patients currently occupying an Alternative Level of Care (ALC) bed in a hospital to a long-term care home without their consent. This means individuals can be moved to a long-term care home they haven’t chosen and may be moved a greater distance from their family and social supports.
RTOERO and the organizations that co-signed the letter outlined numerous concerns about this action, including the risk that a measure positioned as “temporary” may become status quo over time. Other concerns include:
The signatories offered solutions to the ongoing challenges within hospitals and long-term care homes, including:
Read the full letter for details of the concerns and solutions.
If you’re also concerned about Bill 7, you can write your MPP. You’re welcome to use our letter to help develop your message. Find your MPP on the Legislative Assembly of Ontario website.
RTOERO members have identified three key advocacy issues we focus on: seniors strategy, geriatric healthcare and environmental stewardship. Some strategies include webinars to build an understanding of the issues, meetings with elected officials, responding to public consultations, issuing letters on political decisions, and awareness campaigns during elections.