Mayor Brown says recently announced provincial support is a ‘step in the right direction’ for Brampton health care system


Published October 27, 2020 at 4:00 pm

The provincial government recently announced that Brampton’s health care system will be receiving support amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement regarding this significant investment to Brampton’s health care system was made by Premier Doug Ford, Minister of Health Christine Elliott, Associate Minister and MPP Brampton South Prabmeet Sarkaria and Dr. Naveed Mohammad, President and CEO, William Osler Health System on October 27.

From incidents relating to “hallway health care” to the City’s declaration of a “health care emergency” back in January, now, more than ever, does Brampton require support and additional funding.

So what exactly does this ‘significant investment’ mean for the City of Brampton amid the pandemic?

The announcement revealed that William Osler Health System will be receiving up to 87 new patient beds to help with hospital capacity pressures and reduce wait times, which includes 41 hospital beds at Brampton Civic Hospital.

Prior to this announcement, the City of Brampton has made various requests for additional funding and support for Brampton’s health care system while promoting the #FairDealforBrampton health care advocacy campaign to build awareness and support for the City’s health care concerns.

“Brampton’s health care system has been overcrowded and underfunded for too long and the hallway medicine crisis has been compounded by the pandemic,” said Mayor Patrick Brown.

“We are in dire need of support from the Province, and we welcome this positive step in the right direction for our community as part of the Province’s fall preparedness plan, especially as Peel is now in the second wave of COVID-19. These new hospital beds will improve the access and efficiency of care at Brampton Civic as we pursue a new hospital in the north west of the City.”

The announcement follows yesterday’s (October 26) confirmation from Peel Public Health that the Region of Peel is officially experiencing a second wave of COVID-19. 

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