An online petition has been launched calling for Peel Memorial to be converted into a second hospital with funded beds.

The petition, addressed to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins. This petition has garnered 445 signatures of its requested 500 as of May 8, 2017.

Peel Memorial Hospital closed in 2007 and opened again recently as Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health. It is currently an outpatient and urgent care facility without overnight beds.

The petition aims to change that and pushes for overnight beds to be included at the centre to remedy some of the overcrowding at Brampton Civic Hospital.

The provincial average for funded hospital beds should be 2.3 beds per 1000 people, which when applied to the Brampton’s population after recent census data, would work out to 1365 beds. 

Brampton Civic Hospital (BCH) only has 600 beds, about half as many needed to serve the city’s population as per provincials standards.

As the petitions states, Brampton’s hospital woes go back to the early 1970s. A second hospital was slated back then, but never came to fruition.

While there are plans to eventually have overnight beds at Peel Memorial, timelines for implementation have not yet been created.

Check out the petition here.