CFBB would like to share a report published by the Ontario Health Coalition about the history of Brampton Civic Hospital as we get closer to the opening of the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness. The report is over 8 years old, but a worthwhile read into the state of healthcare in this city.
Interesting comments from Ontario Health Coalition Report:
-By 2008 Brampton will need a total of 930 hospital beds.
(January 27, 2003 Regional Hospital Infrastructure Plan for Halton and Peel prepared by the
Halton-Peel District Health Council)
-Number of beds promised in Brampton by 2008 at outset of P3 negotiations with private
-Number of beds delivered in Brampton by 2008 at end of construction: 479
We are fast approaching the 9th year anniversary of Brampton Civic this October and we still don’t have the promised 608 beds operational at BCH. (approx. 560 operational beds) The Emergency department at Brampton Civic Hospital long thought to the busiest in the Province is actually the busiest in the entire country! An unacceptable situation, considering our residential population will have grown to about 610,000 by the end of this year. With the national average around 2.6 beds per 100,000 residents (OECD 2013 data), Brampton lags far short of this OECD measure of healthcare quality at 0.92 beds per 100,000 residents. As well, we are the only top 10 city in Canada with only one ER Department. The opening of the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness (0 new beds and no ER) will probably help, but will fall well short of our healthcare needs.
With current Infrastructure Ontario procedures, William Osler will have to re-start the entire process again for Phase 2 of Peel Memorial, most likely a 6-8 year timeframe. What will the purchasing power of our $20 million raised from the $60 million property tax levy be in 8 years? What will the residential population of Brampton be in 8 years?
Chris Bejnar and Doug Bryden Co-Chairs CFBB