NEWS July 06, 2021Scarborough — The Ontario government is taking further action to end hallway health care andaddress the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic by increasing investments in hospitalsacross the province for the third straight year. Today, Christina Mitas, MPP for Scarborough Centre,announced that the following hospitals in Scarborough will receive additional operating fundingbeginning in 2021/22:The Scarborough Health Network will receive an additional $12,095,700, which representsan increase of 2.5 % to funding received in 2020/21These investments build on the increased investments announced by MPP Mitas in 2019 and 2020.Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our local hospital has gone above and beyond to provideexceptional care to patients and families in Scarborough. This new investment is just one wayOntario is supporting high-quality and timely access to health care both during the pandemic and inthe future. Over the last three years, the Ontario government has made significant investments in Ontario’shospitals as part of its plan to end hallway health care. This includes overall sector increases of 2%in 2019-20, 3% in 2020-2021 and most recently, 3.4% in 2021-22. The 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy, outlined atotal of $1.8 billion in additional investments for hospitals in 2021-22. This includes an increase of$778 million in funding to meet current and future demands for services and ensures all publiclyfunded hospitals will receive a minimum one per cent increase to help them keep pace with patientneeds and to increase access to high-quality care for patients and families across Ontario.“Ontario’s hospitals have been unwavering in their commitment to protect the health and wellbeingof Ontarians, and our government is committed to ensuring that they have the resources needed tocontinue responding to 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 hospitalsprovincewide, our government is helping to ensure that patients have access to the high-qualitycare they need, when and where they need it.” The Ontario government remains committed to supporting hospitals so that they can continue toprovide the care Ontarians need and deserve, today and in the future. Additional support forOntario’s hospitals as part of Ontario’s Action Plan includes $760 million to help hospitals continueto respond to COVID‑19 and an additional $300 million to reduce surgical backlogs. QUOTES Elizabeth Buller, President of the Scarborough Health network states, “The announcement today ofadditional operating funds for Scarborough Health Network will help us come out of COVID-19stronger and more resilient than before. The pandemic has been especially hard on SHN and weare fortunate enough to have such strong advocates representing us in Queen’s Park who tirelesslypromote the needs of our health network and the residents we serve.” “Supporting our hospitals now is more important than it has ever been. In the wake of COIVD-19, anumber of issues that were flying under the radar came to light. While some believe tis is a badthing, I think it is great that we are finally addressing longstanding issues while being proactive inthe prevention of further systematic issues in healthcare.” said MPP Christina Mitas for ScarboroughCentre. “Scarborough Health Network is a cornerstone in our community,” stated Raymond Cho, MPP forScarborough North and Minister of Seniors and Accessibility Services. “Our government’sinvestment is helping to end hallway healthcare, strengthening Scarborough as it continues togrow.” “Our government is prioritizing the health and well-being of the residents of Scarborough, said VijayThanigasalam, MPP for Scarborough-Rouge Park. “For far too long Scarborough hospitals did notreceive adequate tools to serve its over 600,000 residents. This $12 million investment toScarborough Health Network will help operating costs to meet current and future demands forservices and help ensure patients and Scarborough families have access to high-quality healthcare.” Aris Babikian, MPP for Scarborough-Agincourt commented, “Once again the SHN and residents ofScarborough are receiving the attention and the care they deserve. I am proud to participate in thismajor announcement. The health of Scarborough-Agincourt residents and Birchmount hospital aremy priority. I am optimistic that the revamped and expanded first-class emergency department atBirchmount Hospital will be the centre of our attention to enhance health care in NorthernScarborough.” QUICK FACTSOntario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, brings totalinvestments to $16.3 billion to protect people’s health and $23.3 billion to protect oureconomy. Ontario’s COVID-19 action plan supports now total $51 billion. The government is investing more than $21 billion in capital grants over the next 10 yearsfor hospital projects across Ontario that will lead to $30 billion in hospital infrastructure.
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