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Jeff Yurek MPP Elgin-Middlesex-London
Ontario's Government for the People Taking Immediate Action to End Hallway Health

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

St. Thomas, October 3, 2018 - 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.

Today, Premier Doug Ford and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, 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 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."

As an immediate measure, Ford and Elliott also announced that Ontario will create 640 new beds and spaces and extend funding for spaces already operating in the hospital and community sectors across Ontario to help communities prepare for the surge that accompanies the upcoming flu season.

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.

"One patient treated in a hallway is one patient too many," said MPP Jeff Yurek, Elgin-Middlesex-London. "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."

"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."


Last Updated: Wednesday, 03 October 2018 14:54:18 PM EST

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