FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2022
BAY OF QUINTE – Today, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, and Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington announced the Ontario government will provide Quinte Health Care (QHC) an additional $4.2 million in 2022-2023, an increase of 2.5-per-cent from last fiscal year. In addition, they announced QHC will also be receiving $9,818,500 through Ontario’s Plan to Stay Open to support 48 new patient beds.
The operational funding is part of the Ontario government’s $827 million additional investment to hospitals across the province, representing a four-per-cent increase from last year. This will ensure all publicly funded hospitals receive a minimum two per cent increase to their operating budgets to help them better meet patient needs, while building a stronger, more resilient health care system.
The 48 beds are part of a capital plan expansion with more than 50 major projects that will add 3,000 new beds over 10 years and support the continuation of over 3,100 acute and post-acute beds in hospitals and alternate health care facilities, and hundreds of new adult, pediatric and neonatal critical care beds. Since the outset of the pandemic, the government has added 777 more intensive-care unit hospital beds with the capacity to now handle 2,448 critical care patients.
“With continued increases in base funding for Quinte Health Care hospitals, we’re putting our local health-care system in a stable position to offer timely, thorough care close to home,” said Smith. “With this added funding and these additional new beds, we are getting it done and eliminating hallway health care in our local communities across the region.”
Kramp added: “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our local hospitals – at both the staff and management levels – have gone above-and-beyond to provide exceptional care to patients and families in our region. This new investment is part of our support for high-quality and timely access to health care to ensure we have the capacity to stay open.”
Stacey Daub, QHC’s President and Chief Executive Officer, welcomed the news.
“Quinte Health Care’s four hospitals are at the bedrock of their communities, providing care close to home and working together to serve our entire region. The investment will help to support the rapid population growth we are seeing across Hastings and Prince Edward counties and it will help us to sustain the much-needed hospital beds we require to serve our community,” said Daub. “This investment is also critical to help build back our teams and services that have been so deeply impacted by the pandemic. We could not be more appreciative of our government’s investment in our important journey to recover and rebuild.”
Over the last four years, the Ontario government has made significant investments in Ontario’s hospitals as part of its plan to build a stronger, more resilient health care system that is better able to respond to crisis. This includes overall sector increases four years in a row, representing a total provincial investment of $2.5 billion since 2019.
“Ontario’s hospitals have been unwavering in their commitment to protect the health and wellbeing of Ontarians, and our government is committed to ensuring that they have the resources needed to recover from the pandemic and meet the ongoing needs of the communities they serve,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “By increasing investments in hospitals provincewide, our government is helping to ensure that patients have access to the high-quality care they need, when and where they need it.”
▪ To support growing demands on the health care system, Ontario’s investments over the next 10 years will lead to $40 billion in health infrastructure across the province. These investments will increase capacity in hospitals, build new health care facilities, and renew existing hospitals and community health centres.
▪ Improving Health Care in Ontario (www.ontario.ca/page/improving-health-care-ontario)
▪ Hallway Health Care: A System Under Strain (www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/publications/premiers_council/report.aspx)