Earlier this week Premier Doug Ford and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, visited William Osler Health System’s Brampton Civic to announce immediate funding for an increase in hospital inpatient capacity. The funding supports 87 additional beds across Brampton Civic Hospital and Etobicoke General Hospital.
Geoffrey Ritchie, Board Chair of William Osler Health System said of the funding, “[it] will allow us to address current capacity pressures and prevent hallway medicine at our hospitals – actions that will greatly benefit everyone who relies on us for care.”
The announcement, which builds upon the Ontario Government’s Keeping Ontarians Safe Plan, had a number of people in attendance. Joining Premier Ford and Minister Elliott were Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction and Member of Provincial Parliament for Brampton South as well as Patrick Brown, Mayor of Brampton.
Osler – like other hospitals in Ontario – has been preparing for an increase in the number of patients who will require care in its hospitals as a result of the growing number of COVID-19 cases continuing into cold and flu season.
“Today’s announcement is good news for the communities we serve and comes at a time when Osler’s dedicated health care teams are working tirelessly to combat COVID-19, and are preparing to manage the flu season and anticipated winter surge,” said Dr. Naveed Mohammad, President and CEO, William Osler Health System. He added, “This investment further enables Osler and its partners to respond to an increase in demand
for services and continue to provide high-quality, compassionate care to our patients.”