Minister Elliott called it "an extremely difficult decision to make."
On Wednesday, Health Minister Christine Elliott announced that the province now has the ability to move patients determined to no longer require hospital care from hospitals to long-term care homes without the patient's consent.
A news release states that the order "will provide hospitals with the flexibility to transfer patients whose doctors have determined no longer require hospital care to long-term care or retirement homes without obtaining the consent of the patient."
This is a temporary emergency measure that is meant to free up capacity in hospitals that are being overwhelmed by the surge in COVID-19 cases and will only be used when absolutely necessary, according to the release.
"While this is an extremely difficult decision to make, the consequences of not doing so could be devastating if we don't have the hospital beds we urgently need to care for the growing number of COVID-19 patients," Elliott said.