Mike Harris Praises MOHLTC Annoucement for 148 New Long Term Care Beds in Waterloo Region

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3 October, 2018

Elmira, Ontario—Ontario is improving long-term care and reducing wait times by adding more than 6,000 new long-term care beds across the province



Schlegel Villages-The Village of Winston Park in Kitchener will receive 97 new beds and Saint Luke’s Place in Cambridge 51 new beds for the people of Waterloo Region as part of Ontario’s Government for the People’s first steps in this commitment. These new spaces will allow people to get the long-term care they need in an appropriate setting and free up space in hospitals.

“Your government is moving forward quickly to expand access to long-term care beds,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “More long-term care beds will help take pressure off hospitals, end hallway medicine, allow doctors and nurses to work more efficiently, and provide faster health care for Ontario patients and their families.”

The government is also supporting more than 1,100 beds and spaces in hospitals and community settings across the province. Targeted funding will help hospitals with the greatest capacity challenges better care for the communities they serve, including during the expected pressures of the upcoming flu season.

“Hallway health care is a multi-faceted problem that will require real and innovative solutions,” said Elliott. “Our government will continue to listen to the people who work on the front lines of our health care system as we develop a long-term, transformational strategy to end hallway health care.”

This is an exciting first step towards ending hallway medicine in Waterloo Region and across Ontario. Repeatedly I heard on the doorstep that our long-term care system was in desperate need of repair, therefore I am pleased that we’re immediately moving forward on our campaign promise towards 30,000 long-term care beds in 10 years across Ontario.