Kemptville To Recieve Beds In Prov. Hospital Funding

The province will be spending $90-million dollars to fund hundreds of hospital beds to tackle overcrowding, including those in Kemptville.

Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark says Bayfield Manor will receive 94 beds, in an effort to try to reduce wait times for long-term care.

"North Grenville is one of the fastest-growing communities in Eastern Ontario and I'm proud we're acting so urgently on our commitment to help families ensure their loved ones can access the long-term care they need more quickly," said Clark. "Adding 94 new beds at Bayfield Manor will not only shorten wait times for long-term care, it's a critical step in easing pressure on Kemptville District Hospital."

Separately, Almonte and Carleton Place will also receive 82 new beds.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says the investment will help the hospital system deal with overcrowding issues that have resulted in patients sometimes being treated in hallways and other unsuitable spaces.

The funds will support 1,100 hospital beds in total, and includes the 400 spaces already announced by the Liberals.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says the Liberal commitment, and this latest spending by Ford's Progressive Conservatives, falls far short of the $300 million she says is needed to help address hospital overcrowding.

The government also announced it will continue an expansion of the province's long-term care beds planned by the Liberals, adding 6,000 new beds as part of a five-year plan to build capacity.


- With files from the Canadian Press.