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Province Announces Funding for More Hospital Beds

The Province of Ontario is providing $116.5 million to create another 766 beds at 32 hospitals in the Province. 

ONTARIO - The Province of Ontario is providing $116.5 million to create another 766 beds at 32 hospitals in the Province. 

Premier Doug Ford says this investment will help reduce surgical backlogs and improve access to care during COVID-19. 

"Our government made a commitment to end hallway health care, cut hospital wait times, and build a better, more connected health care system that puts patients and their families first. We are taking another step today to keep that promise by adding hundreds more hospital beds across the province. This will not only ensure we are ready for any surges in COVID-19 cases, but provide patients with the care they need and deserve close to home."

The new beds announced today are in addition to the $234.5 million investment for 139 critical care beds and up to 1,349 hospital beds included in Ontario's fall preparedness plan, Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19. 

Ontario's fall preparedness plan also focuses on addressing surges in COVID-19 cases and reducing health service backlogs by:

- Extending hours for additional priority surgeries and diagnostic imaging;
- Helping up to 850 alternate level of care patients access proper care in a home or community setting to help free up hospital capacity;
- Expanding digital health and virtual services, which provide alternatives to in-person care that limit the transmission of COVID-19, while maintaining access to care;
- Improving access to mental health and addictions services and supports; and
- Increasing home and community care service by adding 484,000 nursing and therapy visits and 1.4 million personal support worker hours.

You can listen to the Premiers remarks from this morning below: 

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