Hamilton Area Fails to Meet Targets Set By LHIN

Certain targets had been set by the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), which have yet not been met, say reports.

These targets were aimed at lessening the long waiting hours for CT scans, long-term care and acute-care beds blocked by patients who just await their turn for other types of care.

The targets had been set to mainly reduce the waiting hours for surgery, diagnostic imaging, emergency care and long-term care, but the annual reports released by the LHIN for the second fiscal year in a row state that the Hamilton area failed to meet them.

The Progressive Conservatives therefore feel that these networks are a waste of taxpayers' dollars and should hence be purged.

Steve Clark, democratic reform critic said, "The LHINs are failing to meet health-care targets for families and seniors, while racking up millions in administrative and consulting costs every year”.

To this, however Health Minister Deb Matthews retorted that since they planned to fasten patient care therefore, this network was of utmost importance.

He further said that instead of having a hospital-based approach if they went it for system wide approach, this would be really helpful in drawing down wait times.

The province has already commenced with the plan by monitoring and reporting the difference in wait times.