NDP would secure Brampton’s 2nd hospital, reduce local funding requirement by $150 million and build 3rd


By Jessica R. Durling, Local Journalism Initiative reporter
May 10, 2022 – Brampton

The PC and NDP promise to have the solution to the hallway health care disaster in Brampton.

Hallway health care has become notorious inside Brampton Civic Hospital, the term coined with patients waiting for a hospital bed in an unconventional or unexpected location like a hallway. Civic operates 96 beds per 100,000 population, less than half the provincial per capita average of 220 beds per 100,000 population.

In Ontario, health care funding is provincial, but with capital projects, Queen’s Park requires a local contribution. Currently, under the PC Commitment, the William Osler Health Network and the City of Brampton are each to contribute $125 million each to expand the Peel Memorial into an inpatient facility. The PCs haven’t provided an official agreement detailing what exactly the expansion will include, but have repeatedly stated that their plan is to turn Memorial into a hospital with a 24/7 emergency department. It is currently an outpatient facility with an emergency service open every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The amount of local share CPs have requested is at least 25% of the estimated construction cost of Phase 2 of the Memorial expansion, an increase from the provincial standard of 10% in capital costs which the local municipality and hospital organization are generally expected to. contribute.

In an announcement on May 6, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath pledged an undetermined amount to turn Peel Memorial into a full-service hospital with 24/7 emergency service. 7 days, building an additional third hospital in the high-growth community, as well as adding a dedicated cancer center in Brampton.

Budget details are expected to be released along with the NDP’s official, costed plan expected this week, but Horwath said the local share commitment of funds needed to move forward with a hospital in Brampton would be 10 per cent, a major reduction from the 25 percent, $250 million the PC government is asking the City and William Osler to fund before moving forward with the expansion.

That means Brampton taxpayers and those who contribute to Osler’s local fundraising would be responsible for $150 million less if the NDP forms government.

Brampton MP Gurratan Singh (left) and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath in Brampton last week.

(Andrea Horwath/Twitter)

“We know most communities are around 10%, so we made that commitment. We make that commitment to Brampton,” Horwath told a crowd of reporters outside Brampton Civic. “You’ll pay exactly what other communities are supposed to pay, we won’t rip you off, we won’t treat you differently, we’ll make sure you have equal access because you won’t have to pay more than anyone else .”

Horwath called the 25 per cent requirement imposed by the Conservatives “completely false” and said that under an NDP government, the city of Brampton will have to pay nothing above the provincial average.

“We are saying today that with a New Democrat government, you will be sure to finally see your health care needs taken care of. We will solve the health care and access to health care crisis that you have in this community.

These were sentiments similar to those the Ontario NDP has been putting forward over the past year.

In November 2021, PCs crushed an NDP motion calling on the Ford government to increase its funding commitment for Peel Memorial to ensure 850 hospital beds, a true full-service emergency department at the facility as well only a third hospital in Brampton.

This would have been a drastic increase from the 250 non-acute care beds promised by the PC government. Currently, Peel Memorial has no inpatient beds.

The vote failed 45 to 23, with vote against MLAs, including Brampton PC representatives Prabmeet Sarkaria and Amarjot Sandhu.

In April, Ford PCs announced $21 million for planning expansion of Memorial and a new cancer center in Brampton Civic; $3 million for the cancer center and $18 million earmarked for a grant “to enable planning” for Memorial’s Phase 2 expansion.

Details on how the PC plan will be fully funded were not shared and it remains unclear how an emergency department can be created without the kinds of diagnostic, surgical, critical care, and other acute care supports that a fully functioning emergency requires in a hospital that can admit patients who need intensive and acute care after being sorted in the emergency area.

Peel hospitals have traditionally underfunded, receiving one of the lowest per capita levels in the province. In 2013, a review was conducted by public sector health officials looking at three years of funding data, which showed Peel was the lowest of any health unit in Ontario with per capita funding of just $29.83, compared to Toronto which received about $45 per capita, and half a dozen units which received over $60 per capita.

Underfunding too impacts psychiatric careBrampton and Mississauga receiving only about seven percent of psychiatric resources compared to some other parts of the province.

Raising funds to cover the 25% local funding request for Memorial’s expansion has been a challenge for the City of Brampton.

The City had previously secured $62.5 million of the required $125 million, with the remainder to be funded by landowners through a special levy.

These last months, Mayor Patrick Brown has unsuccessfully opposed a special 1% levy as he campaigns for the leadership of the federal Conservatives on a platform that boasts of freezing taxes in the city during his time as mayor . The levy passed without his support, costing the average homeowner $53 a year until it was removed.

Early estimates suggest the Peel Memorial expansion will be ready in 2027, having started in 2023.

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Twitter: @JessicaRDurling

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