Ontario PC leader Doug Ford speaks to supporters following a rally at the Fogolar Furlan Club, Windsor, May 31, 2018. Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News.

Provincial government announces plan for thousands of long-term care beds

The new Conservative government in Ontario is taking steps to end what they call “hallways healthcare.”

In a news release issued on Wednesday, Doug Ford’s Conservatives said they are committing to a campaign promise to build 6,000 new long-term healthcare beds across the province, securing 1,100 existing beds, and helping to ease the strain on the healthcare system. The release also stated this is the first step in building over 15,000 new beds over the next five years.

As an immediate measure, the province will be getting 640 new beds and continued funding for existing ones to help with the upcoming flu season.

Premier Doug Ford and Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Christine Elliott made the announcement Wednesday at the inaugural meeting of the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine.