In the wake of Brampton’s persistent hallway healthcare problem, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is planning a town hall in Brampton on the topic.

The town hall is slated to happen on Tuesday, March 26 at Greenbriar Recreation Centre. NDP MPPs Kevin Yarde (Brampton North), Gurratan Singh (Brampton East) and Sara Singh (Brampton Centre) will also be present.

Horwath and the rest of the NDP MPPs have been putting pressure on the Ford government to fund a second full hospital in Brampton and expedite the expansion of Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health.

A few months ago Brampton MPPs tabled a motion to do just that, but it was opposed and voted down by the PCs. Brampton’s PC MPPs Amarjot Sandhu (Brampton West) and Prabmeet Sarkaria (Brampton South) were both absent from the legislature on the day of the vote, and have remained quiet on the topic of healthcare and hallway medicine in Brampton.

At a recent town hall hosted by concerned residents, Sarkaria and Sandhu could only provide vague details about their plans to fix the issue in Brampton. Sarkaria told Bramptonist that he and Sandhu were working behind the scenes meeting with caucus members and the Minister of Health Christine Elliot, presumably to draw in some funding for healthcare to Brampton.

Ford government has maintained fixing hallway healthcare is a priority, but have made no move to fix the problem in Brampton, which is ground zero for the crisis. In 2016 and 2017, Brampton Civic serviced over 4,000 patients in hallways.

Currently, Ontario spends less per person on healthcare than any other province, and Brampton’s two facilities are two of the lowest funded across the province.

Members of the public are invited to the town hall to share their concerns. The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. More details here.