Ontario Urgently Needs Money for Hospitals

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 2211 ... October 8, 2020

Ontario Urgently Needs Money for Hospitals

Ontario Health Coalition

Over the last week, the Ford government has rolled out a series of media announcements about healthcare funding and staffing. Today the Ontario Health Coalition issued the following statement to break down what has been announced, what it means, and whether it is enough.

"Hospitals are reporting across Ontario that have been promised their extraordinary COVID-19 pandemic costs will be funded, but much of the money has not flowed. Local hospitals are reporting deficits, some have lay offs, some are drawing down their cash reserves. Hospitals need not only their extraordinary costs, but also their lost revenues from the pandemic funded, and the Ford government needs to get the funding out the door post-haste," said Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition. "The same applies to the late and slow release of announced funding for long-term care homes. Our vital healthcare institutions need stability and certainty to build urgently needed capacity for healthcare services now."

There are significant and urgent capacity issues... that need to be addressed and the fall plan does not have any coherent strategy to do this.

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