Jan 23, 2020
By Jane Brown
A healthcare emergency has been declared in Brampton by city councillors in that GTA city, with concerns about overcrowding at Brampton Civic Hospital which ran at over 100-percent capacity for the first half of 2019.
Mayor Patrick Brown says he’s trying to alert the governing Ford Tories to the crisis.
“We’re in dire straits here and we need folks at Queen’s Park to wake up,” Brown explains, “We have 600 possible beds right now just to meet the provincial average. We need over 800. This is a fast growing community and there’s no where near the healthcare funding that we deserve. We have the worst case of hallway medicine in the country.”
The resolution passed by Brampton city councillors calls for two key actions:
A demand for the provincial and federal governments to send more money to Brampton Civic and Peel Memorial Centre.
A commitment to push ahead with a plan to open 850 beds at Peel Memorial Centre.
Mayor Patrick Brown will more have more to say about the healthcare emergency in Brampton as a guest on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer Thursday after the noon news.