A controversial law allowing the province to force elderly hospital patients into long-term care homes regardless of their choosing is facing major backlash, including a constitutional challenge.
It has some Kingston, Ont. seniors and their families concerned.
While hospitals in the region say applying the law is a last resort, they are ready to use it, if necessary, to free up much-needed beds.
“They are taking away people’s rights to decide where they should live,” says 85-year-old Kingston resident Phyllis Livesey.
Livesey has more than a few choice words for the provincial government and Bill 7.
With Bill 7 already in effect as of Sept. 21, the controversial law allows some discharged elderly hospital patients to be sent to long-term care homes that could be as far as 70 kilometres away in southern Ontario, and 150 kilometres away in the northern reaches of the province.