#Carpenter Hospice; #Christine Elliott; #Jane McKenna; #Effie Triantafilopoulos; #end-of-life care
Toronto, Dec 11 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made today at Carpenter Hospice jointly by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Effie Triantafilopoulos, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister, and Jane McKenna, MPP for Burlington regarding Ontario's decision to move forward with its development of long-term transformational health care strategy by investing nearly $33.6 million to build 193 new hospice beds, media reports said.
"With early investments like these, our government...is moving forward quickly to address challenges facing the health care system as we develop our long-term transformational health care strategy, said Elliot."
"I am proud our government is committed to improving access to comfortable, end-of-life care in communities across the province like Burlington," said McKenna.
Ontario government also plans to provide each year $20.3 million in operational funding for nursing, personal support, and other services after these beds open and an additional $90 million in 2018-19 to build 1,100 beds and spaces in hospitals and the community, including 640 new beds and spaces.
Hospices provides environment of comfort, where they can be close to loved ones and focuses on relieving suffering and providing services like psychological, spiritual and bereavement support.
"This investment is also helping to address hallway health care...to alleviate the pressures on our health care system," said Triantafilopoulos.
Effie Triantafilopoulos/official site
Ontario is also adding in the next five years 6,000 new long-term care beds – the first wave of more than 15,000 new long-term care beds.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)