More Changes in Store for Mississauga’s Hospitals
While Mississauga residents are generally concerned about a host of crucial issues—housing costs, transit, traffic, etc—healthcare remains an issue that's of utmost importance to residents of all ages.
For that reason, residents might be relieved to hear that Trillium Health Partners will be receiving $4,029,751 through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund. According to the province, the funding will ensure that the Mississauga Hospital and Credit Valley Hospital continue to meet health codes and remain safe places for staff, patients and their families.
Mississauga's two hospitals aren't the only ones receiving funding. The province says it's providing 128 hospitals across the province with $175 million in funding to upgrade, repair, and maintain their facilities.
The province says it's moving forward quickly to address challenges facing the healthcare system as it develops a long-term transformational health care strategy. The Ontario government says the goal is to end "hallway healthcare."
Interestingly enough, the term hallway healthcare was coined after extensive overcrowding left thousands of patients stuck on stretchers in hallways at the nearby Brampton Civic Hospital--a hospital that was completely overlooked in a 2018 announcement regarding increased funding to "end hallway healthcare" in Ontario.
The province says the $175 million in newly-announced funding will allow hospitals to address urgent issues, including upgrades or replacements of roofs, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.
"The health and safety of patients and families is a priority for our government," said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore.
"That's why we must make the necessary investments in our hospitals now, to ensure our providers have the facilities they need to continue to provide excellent quality care to patients. This funding will help ensure hospitals in Mississauga -- and across Ontario -- are able to make the needed upgrades, improvements, and maintenance, so patients and families have access to the reliable, quality care that they expect and deserve."
In 2018, the government announced plans to invest an additional $90 million for 1,100 beds and spaces in hospitals, including the creation of over 640 new beds and spaces. Trillium Health Partners received $5 million for 83 hospital beds and spaces to help reduce the strain on the healthcare system during this year's flu season.
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