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."