WATCH: New money to ease Montreal ER overcrowding

Montreal is getting a $53-million injection to help ease E.R. overcrowding.

Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette gave the breakdown this morning  on how the money would be spent in Montreal after a previous announcement of $165-million for measures to help free up beds in hospitals - $100M for beds and $65M for personnel.

Most of the money will go towards creating 700 new short term care beds in areas such as mental healthcare and convalescence.

The rest of the money - just over $17.5M - will go towards the hiring of 350 more workers for long term care (CHSLD) workers. 

Facilities in the West Island alone are getting $1.4-million and 25 more CHSLD workers. 

The rest of the breakdown:

  • $1.4M and 30 employees for the Health and Social Services Agency (CIUSSS) serving the Central-West portion of the island;
  • $6.8M and 135 employees for the CIUSSS Centre-Sud
  • $3.2M and 60 employees for the CIUSSS North
  • $4.6M and 100 employees for the CIUSSS East
  • $193,200 and 4 employees for the MUHC's Camille-Lefebvre Centre