Health Ministry Responds to Brampton’s Healthcare Emergency Declaration

On January 22nd, Dr Kulvinder Gill of the Concerned Ontario Doctors delegated to Brampton City Council. She provided compelling data to urge the city to address the urgent need for Brampton to deal with ‘Extreme Code Gridlock” at Brampton Civic Hospital.

At the meeting, city Councillors unanimously passed a motion declaring a “Healthcare Emergency” in the city. Brampton Focus sent an e-mail to Health Minister Christine Elliott, asking her “

“Brampton Focus Community Media would like to know what your position on this declared “Healthcare Emergency” is, and what, if anything, will your ministry do to respond to Brampton City Council’s declaration.”

Below is an excerpt from the Media Relations Co-Coordinator response:

Every part of our government’s plan to end hallway health care, and build a modern, sustainable, and integrated health care system, starts with the patient. That’s why we’re taking a comprehensive approach to modernize the public health care system. By relentlessly focusing on patient experience, and on better connected care, we will reduce wait times and end hallway health care.

The government is making significant investments in Brampton:

Hospital operating funding with $26.3 million going to William Osler Health System plus $4 million in surge funding, and $1 million for two critical care adult level 3 beds.

Hospital capital funding that includes $46 million for the Brampton Civic Hospital Project, $8.31 million for the Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness Phase 1 Redevelopment Project, and $1.42 million to William Osler Health System for small renovations and repairs.

As part of our government’s investment of $174 million in mental health and addictions, Brampton received the following funding:

  • $525,000 to William Osler Health System for Youth Residential Treatment and Withdrawal Management
  • $350,000 to Canadian Mental Health Association – Peel Dufferin for Opioids Addictions Treatment and Services
  • $1,515,000 to Canadian Mental Health Association – Peel Dufferin for Mobile Crisis Teams
  • $350,000 to Canadian Mental Health Association – Peel Dufferin for Opioids Addictions Treatment and Services
  • $160,700 to Canadian Mental Health Association – Peel Dufferin for Peer support services
  • $30,000 to William Osler Health System to implement rapid response navigator to support families/caregivers of children/youth with urgent referrals to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinic
  • $19,300 to Rapport Youth & Family Services for Family Capacity Building and Support Program
  • $124,601 to Services and Housing in the Province (SHIP) for Rent Supplement funding increase

The government is providing the Central West LHIN (which includes Brampton) with an additional $9.3 million for home care and community services.

Peel Public Health received approximately $59.3 million in funding in 2019 to support the provision of public health programs and services. This included an operating funding increase of approximately $3.9 million, or 7.2%, compared to 2018, for the new Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program, as well as $1.1 million in one-time funding to support capital and infrastructure improvement projects for the new Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program.

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