Jul 23, 2012
By Michael Kramer
Toronto’s condo boom is swamping the downtown area’s already overloaded emergency rooms.
A Toronto Star story quotes Dr. Anil Chopra, the head and medical director of emergency medicine at “University Health Network” saying there’s been a “5 to 10 per cent increase in emergency room patients year after year after year.
The Network’s four hospitals are Princess Margaret, Toronto Western, Toronto General and Toronto Rehab.
Chopra and other doctors and hospital administrators say the rate at which downtown Toronto density is increasing is outpacing capacity and infrastructure of area hospitals.
Both Toronto Western and Toronto General’s emergency departments have exceeded their capacities, with a combined total of more than 100,000 visits to the E-R every year.
The city of Toronto’s website reports there are 132 high rises currently under construction – the most of any city in the world.