Yesterday, Queen’s Park voted ‘no’ to the call for the allocation of funds for construction of a second hospital in Brampton and for the immediate expansion of the Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness (Peel Memorial).
Of the 124 MPP’s 63 voted against, 38 voted in favour of building a new hospital, and 23 didn’t vote. All of Brampton’s MPPs, including PC MPPs Prabmeet Sarkaria and Amarjot Sandhu, voted in favour of the proposal.
The Ontario NDP, led by Andrea Horwath forced the vote in response to revelations from the Freedom of Information Request (FOI) filed by the party late last month which highlighted Brampton Civic Hospital, Brampton’s only in-patient hospital that was operating at more than 100% capacity throughout the first half of 2019, while international standards maintain 85% as the threshold for safe capacity.
With a population of 603,346, Brampton is the ninth largest city in Canada and the fourth fastest growing city Ontario. According to the 2016 Census, Brampton’s population grew by 13.3% in five years, a growth rate that is double that of the Region of Peel and three times that Ontario.
This growth has severely strained the resources at Brampton Civic, with thousands of patients admitted to the hallways of the hospital because there were no available beds.
The new Peel Memorial Health and Wellness Centre, with its urgent care services, but no in-patient beds, was supposed to alleviate the pressure from Brampton Civic, but it has not eased the demands of the growing patient population. According to the report, the centre’s capacity from July 2018 to June 2019 was between 557 per cent and 587 per cent.