(ONTARIO) โ€“ย Ontarioโ€™s Government for the People is delivering on its promise to end hallway health care by taking urgent action to expand access to long-term care, reduce the strain on the health care system in advance of the upcoming flu season and work with front line health care professionals and other experts to transform the provinceโ€™s health care system.


Today, Premier Doug Ford and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced that Ontario is moving forward with building 6,000 new long-term care beds across Ontario.

These 6,000 new long-term care beds represent the first wave of more than 15,000 new long-term care beds that the government has committed to build over the next 5 years.

As an immediate measure, Ford and Elliott also announced that Ontario will create over 640 new beds and spaces and continue funding beds and spaces already operating in the hospital and community sectors across Ontario to help communities prepare for the surge that accompanies the upcoming flu season.

Taken together, these actions will ease pressure on hospitals, help doctors and nurses work more efficiently, and provide better, faster health care for patients and their families.


โ€œOne patient treated in a hallway is one patient too many. Itโ€™s unacceptable that people are still waiting hours before seeing a doctor, or are forced to lie on stretchers in hospital hallways when they do finally get care,โ€ said Ford. โ€œPatients are frustrated, families are frustrated, and doctors and nurses are frustrated. We told the people of Ontario weโ€™d make our hospitals run better and more efficiently, and weโ€™d get them the care they deserve. Today, weโ€™re keeping that promise.โ€

โ€œHallway health care is a multi-faceted problem that will require real and innovative solutions,โ€ said Elliott. โ€œOur government will continue to listen to the people who work on the front lines of our health care system as we develop a long-term, transformational strategy to address hallway health care.โ€

Ford and Elliott made their announcement at the inaugural meeting of the Premierโ€™s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine. Under the leadership of Dr. Rueben Devlin, the Council will recommend strategic priorities and actions to improve Ontarioโ€™s health outcomes and improve patient satisfaction, while making Ontarioโ€™s health care system more efficient.

โ€œTo address the problem of overcrowded hospitals, we must have a long-term vision, planning and stable funding,โ€ said Dr. Devlin. โ€œI look forward to working with Premier Ford, Minister Elliott and this exceptional group of leaders to bring more integration, innovation, and better use of technology to transform our health care system for the people of Ontario.โ€


The additional $90 million investment to address hallway medicine will create over 640 new beds and spaces and continue funding beds and spaces already operating in the hospital and community sectors, including:

  • Sinai Health System โ€“ Bridgepoint
  • North Bay Regional Health Centre
  • Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and Hogarth Riverview Manor
  • Pine Villa
  • Bayshore
  • Cooksville Care Centre
  • Humber River Hospital โ€“ Church Street site

Some facilities will receive additional funding immediately to address current capacity
pressures and the remaining will receive funding in the fall/winter for flu season.

The following individuals will sit on the Premierโ€™s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine:

  • Dr. Rueben Devlin, Special Advisor and Chair
  • Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, Professor and Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto
  • Connie Clerici, CEO, Closing the Gap Healthcare
  • Barb Collins, President and CEO, Humber River Hospital
  • Michael Decter, President and CEO, LDIC Inc.
  • Peter Harris, Barrister and Solicitor
  • Dr. Jack Kitts, President and CEO, The Ottawa Hospital
  • Kimberly Moran, CEO, Childrenโ€™s Mental Health Ontario
  • David Murray, Executive Director, Northwest Health Alliance
  • Dr. Richard Reznick, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences at Queens University
  • Shirlee Sharkey, President and CEO, Saint Elizabeth Health

Source: Government of Ontario



    1. Umm, did you miss the part where it clearly says “Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and Hogarth Riverview Manor”?? Take off your liberal/ndp/communist glasses for just a minute every now and then, k?

      Ford is the best Premier Ive seen across the nation.. although Brad Wall of Saskatchewan was awesome too.

      Ford it just b***h slapping his way through the nonsense and starting to turn Ontario around faster than I could have imagined.

    2. Lenore, pardon my french, but you’re an idiot.
      If you were able to read, you would have noticed Thunder Bay was included in the list.

      For you to have that type of attitude, you must be one of the following;
      1. Someone who was getting something for nothing and your funding was cut.
      2. Someone who IS getting something for nothing and your funding is GOING to be cut.
      3. A die hard Liberal who has the attitude, “If I don’t like it – no one should be able to like it!”
      4. Someone who listens to fake and believes everything they say.

  1. I really think it’s about time to step back and ‘re evaluate the hospitals inner system and protocols…. I guarantee all that funding and there will still be people treated out in the hallways, hour line ups for “walk ins”, drunk people wandering around and not to mention people coughing and bloody touching everything. It won’t matter……
    I strongly think they need to reconsider turning away people with simple cough and colds at the entrance…..this would prevent the spread of illness to those wounded and susceptible. Maybe they need to even think about removing the walk in all together as too many people take advantage…..

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