More Provincial Money from the Ontario Liberals

Hospitals throughout the south Georgian Bay region have received a financial boost from the Ontario Liberals.

Premier Kathleen Wynn announced on Thursday March 22nd that the province has pledged an additional $822 million investment for the province’s hospitals in its upcoming pre-election budget.

Wynn said the extra money will represent a 4.6 per cent budget increase, and is intended to be put to use to help reduce wait times, deal with ongoing capacity issues, and in general provide better care with an eye to the future when hospitals throughout the province will be met with an influx of aging patients.

“What I can promise is people will get faster care in hospitals across the province.”

Progressive Conservative finance critic Lisa MacLeod told the Globe and Mail that the series of funding announcements announced this week by the Ontario Liberal Party is an attempt by an unpopular government to bolster its chances of re-election.

Hospitals in Simcoe County and Muskoka will receive an immediate funding increase of over 13 million dollars.

CTV News Barrie reported that RVH in Barrie will receive more than $6 million.

President and CEO Janice Skot said the money will ensure the hospital can continue to ensure MRI wait times in terms of moving patients through imaging services. Skot also said the new money will help to ensure that RVH can continue with surgical volumes at a level that would have previously been difficult to achieve.

Additional One Million Dollars for Collingwood General & Marine Hospital

Wynn’s funding announcement is also good news locally.

The Collingwood General & Marine Hospital will receive an additional one million dollars as will hospitals in Orillia and Midland.

It is expected this latest round of provincial money for hospitals will arrive within the next month.

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