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Wednesday, 25 July, 2007

Sick & hungry? Go to jail

After the Ontario government raised spending on meals for longterm care residents by $0.11 , the with those in other publicly-run institutions - namely, the province's jails. Here's what they found:

Amount spent daily on food per Ontario inmate

  • Metro Toronto West Detention Centre = $11.02
Amount spent daily on food per Ontario long-term care resident
  • $5.57 (after the $0.11 increase announced July 1)*
Amount spent daily on food per Ontario inpatient
  • St. Michael's Hospital = $8.07
  • University Health Network hospitals = $6.50
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centres = $7.00
The Sun also looked at what's on the menus:

HOSPITAL

- Tomato soup
- Grilled cheese sandwich
- Raw vegetables
- Fruit
- Milk

JAIL

- 60 grams of hot sliced roast beef
- 200 ml of potato salad
- 250 ml of spinach salad
- Two slices of bread with margarine
- A piece of fruit
- A beverage


*Update -- July 30, 2007: The Ontario government announced yesterday that long-term care residents' food allowances will increase to $7.00 as of September 1, . PC health critic Elizabeth Witmer called the move a "desperate attempt... to buy votes just before an election."

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