Province securing more than 1,100 hospital beds and creating 6,000 new long-term care beds to ease hospital gridlock in communities that need it most.
[Prince Edward County] – Ontario’s Government for the People is delivering on its promise to end hallway health care by taking urgent action to expand access to long-term care, reduce the strain on the health care system in advance of the upcoming flu season and work with front line health care professionals and other experts to transform the province’s health care system.
Quinte Health Care has been approved for one-time funding for 2018/19 of 2.8 million – which supports approximately 23 beds. QHC continues to remain at or above capacity at all four hospitals on a regular basis – and are planning for the flu season ahead which generally means an increase of approximately 30%.
“One patient treated in a hallway is one patient too many,” said Todd Smith, MPP Bay of Quinte. “This move will reduce the strain on the health care system in advance of the upcoming flu season and work with front line health care professionals and other experts to transform the province’s health care system.”
On October 3rd, Premier Ford and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott announced as an immediate measure, Ontario is moving forward with a new investment of 90 million to support 1,100 beds and spaces across the province that will help alleviate the strain on the health care system during the flu season.
“We are extremely grateful for this gesture of support. It sends a clear message to our care providers, to our patients, and to our communities that this government recognizes the significant pressures facing hospitals across Ontario, including the four QHC hospitals. This funding investment will allow us the financial resources needed to care for a higher number of patients as we face the pending flu season.” - Mary Clare Egberts, President and CEO, Quinte Health Care.
Premier Doug Ford and Minister Elliott also announced that Ontario is moving forward with building 6,000 new long-term care beds across Ontario, 128 of which have been approved for the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte in Deseronto. This represents the first wave of more than 15,000 new long-term care beds that the government has committed to build over the next 5 years.
“We have taken early action on our Long-Term Care commitment – an exciting announcement less than 100 days into our mandate,” said Ford. “We told the people of Ontario we’d make our hospitals run better and more efficiently, and we’d get them the care they deserve. Today, we’re keeping that promise.”
Taken together, these actions will ease pressure on hospitals, help doctors and nurses work more efficiently, and provide better, faster health care for patients and their families.
“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.”