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Here's the place to post news regarding health care issues in Canada. It doesn't have to be directly related to nursing, as most changes to the health care system eventually impact nursing in some way....

In a recent report on patient satisfaction for GTA (Greater Toronto Area) hospitals, only 3 hospitals received top scores. Readmission rates were up for a number of different medical problems:

"Researchers could not explain the rise in complication and readmission rates, but nursing organizations said it is related to the lack of nurses.

``There is a direct link between the amount of nursing care patients receive and their level of complications and readmissions,'' said Doris Grinspun, executive director of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.

``If patients leave hospital unprepared because nurses didn't have enough time to care for them, we're creating a revolving-door system.''

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Okay, I live in the GTA, and only get the Toronto and local Richmond Hill papers (The (GASP!) Liberal) I would like to see nurses from other areas of Canada post here as well, to keep us informed as to what's happening with nursing in your province/area.

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