OPINION – After almost a decade since opening, Brampton Civic Hospital to receive funding to open all 608 beds!

 More good news for Brampton!

 CFBB is relieved by this week’s funding announcement that will finally allow all promised 608 in-patient beds at Brampton Civic to be operational.  This has been a long and arduous 9 years since the hospital opened its doors back in the fall of 2007. The shortage of beds contributed greatly to long ER wait times and overcrowding at the hospital.  Together with the opening of the new Peel Memorial Centre and its Urgent Care Clinic, will help take pressure away from what has become the busiest ER in the country.  This is indeed great news for our city.

This announcement will help provide a higher quality of healthcare for Brampton citizens; however CFBB feels the job is not yet done. Brampton’s population of 610,000 residents still requires further investment and better healthcare for our citizens. We understand that the Peel Memorial site is still in transition and that there is a plan in place for additional services.

It is important for the Provincial government to immediately outline its plan with accurate time lines and details for these increased services.

CFBB will be monitoring the progress and feel that it’s important for the public to be involved with the planning and input of what additional services there should be. CFBB is particularly interested in the Peel Memorial – Phase 2 plan and are calling for a second ER department and a minimum of 200-250 additional beds. There should be an ambitious goal set to have this completed within the next 5 years.

Furthermore, CFBB is thankful to our Mayor, MPP’s past and present and community leaders who have championed our cause to not only have Brampton Civic Hospital built but also have a redeveloped Peel Memorial healthcare site.      

Facts to keep in mind for the urgent need to begin Phase 2- Peel Memorial Centre:

 ·         Brampton has been one of the fastest growing municipalities, adding almost 20,000 new residents each year.   

·         Brampton’s current population of 610,000 is rapidly growing and will reach almost 900,000 residents in the next 25 years.

·         Even with all 608 beds fully open, we will still be at less than half the national average of 2.3 beds per 100,000 residents, a standard OECD measure for healthcare quality.

·         Similar sized cities in Canada have 2 or even 3 ER departments. It is inconceivable for Brampton with its growing population to just have one ER.

·         Mississauga’s Trillium Health Partners last year received funding from the Region of Peel to pursue a business case for adding a “projected” 955 additional beds to their existing complement of 751 beds over the next 20 years.

·         Population projections for both Mississauga (925,000) and Brampton (890,000) are similar.

We welcome this week’s funding announcement and look forward to seeing the new Peel Memorial Centre open its doors to patients in early 2017. CFBB looks forward to the facilities transition and evolution into the full service health care facility that Brampton citizens can be proud of.  We are calling on Willian Osler, Central West LHIN, all Brampton MPP’s, our Council and Mayor to aggressively lobby the Provincial government to begin the planning process for Peel Memorial Phase 2 immediately.  There is an urgent need for Phase 2 to include plans for a second ER department and a minimum of 200-250 additional beds to be completed within the next 5 years.  

 This is what’s required just to keep pace with our rapidly growing and dynamic city. 

 Chris Bejnar



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