Immediate Action to End Hallway Health Care

Published on December 07, 2018

Province securing more than 1,100 hospital beds and creating 6,000 new long-term care beds to ease hospital gridlock in communities that need it most

MISSISSAUGA — Ontario’s Government for the People is delivering on its promise to end hallway health care by taking urgent action to expand access to long-term care, reduce the strain on the health care system in advance of the upcoming flu season and work with front line health care professionals and other experts to transform the province’s health care system.

As an immediate measure, Premier Ford and Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, recently announced creating more than 1,100 beds and spaces in hospitals and community settings across the province in advance of the upcoming flu season.

As part of this announcement, Trillium Health Partners has been provided $5 million for 83 hospital beds and spaces to help reduce the strain on the health care system during this year’s flu season.

“One patient treated in a hallway is one patient too many,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. “This move will reduce the strain on the health care system during the upcoming flu season, as we continue to work with frontline health care professionals and other experts to end hallway health care in Mississauga, and across Ontario.”

Premier Doug Ford and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, also recently announced that Ontario is moving forward with building 6,000 new long-term care beds across Ontario, representing the first wave of more than 15,000 new long-term care beds that the government has committed to build over the next 5 years.

“We have taken early action on our Long-Term Care commitment – an exciting announcement less than 100 days into our mandate,” said Ford. “We told the people of Ontario we’d make our hospitals run better and more efficiently, and we’d get them the care they deserve. We’re keeping that promise.”

“Hallway health care is a multi-faceted problem that will require real and innovative solutions,” said Minister Elliott. “Our government will continue to listen to the people who work on the front lines of our health care system as we develop a long-term, transformational strategy to address hallway health care.”

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing an additional $90 million in 2018-19 to build 1,100 beds and spaces in hospitals and the community, including more than 640 new beds and spaces to prepare for the flu season.
  • Ontario is investing more than $300 million to support the addition of 6,000 new long-term care beds — the first wave of more than 15,000 new long-term care beds over the next five years.