Legal challenge to the law on the transfer of elders against their will

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Court Challenge to the Transfer of Elderly Persons Against Their Will Act

Ontario Health Coalition CEO Natalie Mehra.

The Ontario Health Coalition will challenge the Ford government's law in court that allows hospitals to transfer seniors against their will to long-term care or present them with a bill for $400 a day.

The latter provision officially went into effect on Sunday.

The Ford government passed the controversial Bill 7 last summer without public consultation, saying it was seeking to free up beds in hospitals.

If a patient is found fit to leave the hospital, they can be transferred to any home that has a place, within 70 km in southern Ontario and 170 km in northern Ontario.

Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra says it's “unacceptable treatment for frail patients.”

The Coalition must officially file a legal action with the Superior Court before the end of the month, in conjunction with the Center for the Defense of Seniors. She claims that the Ford government's law violates the rights of patients guaranteed by the Canadian Charter.

“It's a hideous law. Seniors are not responsible for the crisis in hospitals.

— Natalie Mehra, Executive Director, Ontario Health Coalition

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Ms Mehra accuses the Progressive Conservatives and the Liberal government of cutting hospital beds and underfunding the system.

Same story from the Executive Director of the Advocacy Center for the Elderly, Graham Webb.

“The law is intended to intimidate elders.

— Graham Webb, Director, Center for Senior Advocacy

He is also concerned that couples may be separated due to government policy.

Seniors groups in Ontario denounce Bill 7

According to the province, since the law came into force, 2,420 patients have agreed to be transferred to a long-term care facility.

The number of patients in hospitals waiting for long-term care placement has decreased by 20%.

< p class="e-p">Furthermore, 1,929 patients added other facilities to the list of care centers where they would like to live.

Let's be clear: a hospital is not a home, spokeswoman for the Minister of Health Sylvia Jones said in a written statement.

This policy only affects patients who, from #x27;advised by a doctor or nurse practitioner, no longer need to be in the hospital and would receive better care at home, at home, in a community environment or in a health center less long lasting.

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