On June 15, Mayor Patrick Brown and members of the City Council announced the launch of the #FairDealForBrampton campaign, aimed at getting more funding for Brampton’s healthcare.
According to the city, Brampton’s healthcare system faces major issues including overcrowding, hallway medicine, and a severe lack of funds. The FairDealForBrampton campaign aims to receive funding, complete Phase 2 at Peel Memorial and build a third healthcare facility in Brampton with the assistance of the Ontario government.
On July 23, the Minister of Long-Term Care Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Long-Term Care Effie J. Triantafilopoulos and Brampton MPPs Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria and Amarjot Sandhu announced that the Ontario government is investing in three long-term care homes across Brampton.
The announcement was made at Faith Manor in Brampton.
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The government announced that they will be upgrading 160 beds at the Tullamore Care Community project, building 40 new beds to the Faith Manor Redevelopment project (in addition to the 120 beds being upgraded) and allocating 128 new beds to the Revera Living project.
“In Brampton, our government has allocated 168 new and 280 upgraded long-term care beds,” said MPP Sarkaria. “Adding new long-term care beds and upgrading older beds is key to our transformational strategy to end hallway health care in Ontario.”
The government aims to take the pressure off of hospitals, allow doctors/ nurses to work more efficiently and provide better health care for patients.
“We committed to the people of Ontario that we would end hallway health care and we are acting swiftly on that promise,” said MPP Sandhu. “In just over a year, our government has fulfilled almost half of our promise to add 15,000 new long-term care spaces in five years.”
According to the Ontario government, more than 34,000 Ontarians are waiting to get into a long-term care home, which is why they are committed to ending hallway health care by adding more long-term care beds. The government states that they will continue to work with Ontario’s long-term care sector to ensure the system is responsive to the needs of Ontarians by increasing access and reducing waitlists, while also maintaining patient safety and ensuring high standards of care.
“Our government is creating a 21st-century long-term care system that is resident-centred and builds capacity and access for residents and caregivers,” said Dr. Fullerton. “We want to ensure that Ontarians get the care they need when they need it and investing in more long-term spaces across the province is a key part of our plan.”