Miller pleased to see 12 surge hospital beds in Parry Sound-Muskoka this flu seson
Queen’s Park, Toronto: Ontario’s Government for the People is delivering on its promise to end hallway health care by taking urgent action to reduce the strain on the health care system in advance of the upcoming flu season.
As an immediate measure, Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Christine Elliott recently announced the funding of more than 1,100 beds and spaces in hospitals and community settings across the province in advance of the upcoming flu season.
Ontario is investing an additional $90 million in 2018-19 to fund 1,100 beds and spaces in hospitals and the community, including more than 640 new beds and spaces to prepare for the flu season. Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare will receive funding for 12 hospital beds for this year’s flu season.
“One patient treated in a hallway is one patient too many,” said Norman Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka. “I am pleased to see this funding across the province and specifically here in the riding. These additional beds will allow the dedicated staff at the Huntsville and Bracebridge hospitals to treat more patients this flu season.”
This funding is part of a large plan to end hallway healthcare that includes building more long-term care beds across Ontario. In October Premier Ford and Minister Elliott announced that Ontario is moving forward with building 6,000 new long-term care beds across Ontario, representing the first wave of more than 15,000 new long-term care beds that the government has committed to build over the next five years.
“Hallway health care is a multi-faceted problem that will require real and innovative solutions,” said Minister Elliott. “Our government will continue to listen to the people who work on the front lines of our health care system as we develop a long-term, transformational strategy to address hallway health care.”