Provincial government tackling ‘hallway healthcare’ by providing extra funding for local hospitals

CORNWALL — The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted some major challenges facing hospitals across Canada. Among those challenges is the lack of beds, which has lead to what the provincial government is calling ‘hallway healthcare’. To address those issues, the Ford government has announced that hospitals in Eastern Ontario will receive extra funding.

  • Cornwall Community Hospital will receive an additional $3,123,800, which represents an increase of 3.3 per cent increase to funding received in 2020/21.
  • Winchester District Memorial Hospital will receive an additional $576,900, which represents an increase of 2.0 per cent increase to funding received in 2020/21.
  • Religious Hospitallers Of St Joseph Of Cornwall will receive an additional $178,400, which represents an increase of 2.0 per cent increase to funding received in 2020/21.
  • Glengarry Memorial Hospital will receive an additional $227,800, which represents an increase of 2.0 per cent increase to funding received in 2020/21.
  • Hopital General De Hawkesbury & District General Hospital Inc. will receive an additional $1,870,400, which represents an increase of 4.3 per cent increase to funding received in 2020/21.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our local hospitals have gone above and beyond to provide exceptional care to patients and families in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry and Prescott-Russell,” MPP McDonell said. “This new investment is just one way Ontario is supporting high-quality and timely access to health care both during the pandemic and in the future.”

The 2021 Budget outlined a total of $1.8 billion in additional investments for hospitals in 2021-22. This includes an increase of $778 million in funding to meet current and future demands for services, and ensures all publicly funded hospitals will receive a minimum one per cent increase.

“Ontario’s hospitals have been unwavering in their commitment to protecting the health and wellbeing of Ontarians, and our government is committed to ensuring that they have the resources needed to continue responding to the pandemic and meet the ongoing needs of the communities they serve,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “By increasing investments in hospitals province-wide, our government is helping to ensure that patients have access to the high-quality care they need, when and where they need it.”

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