Unanimous vote at city council officially declares healthcare emergency in Brampton

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Today at city council, a motion was brought forth to declare a healthcare emergency in Brampton.

This motion requested immediate action and response from all healthcare system providers in order to properly address the city’s urgent needs revolving around healthcare.

After a unanimous vote at city council, the city of Brampton officially declared a healthcare emergency.

The motion was brought forth by city councillor Harkirat Singh and seconded by Mayor Patrick Brown. 

In December, council passed a resolution that recognized the urgent needs of Brampton's health care system.

From incidents relating to "hallway healthcare" to Brampton's healthcare system in desperate need of additional funding and long wait times in emergency rooms, Brampton residents continue to feel like their situations relating to healthcare are often overlooked.

The resolution requested immediate action from all health care system providers.

Brampton has undertaken many initiatives in order to request more funding and support for the city’s health care system including presenting them to Provincial and Federal representatives at annual conferences for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

The city has also advocated to the Provincial and Federal governments through the upcoming Pre-Budget Submission process for both levels of government as well as promote it with the #FairDealForBrampton campaign to build awareness about Brampton's health care concerns.

To date, the #FairDealForBrampton campaign has received 18,000 signatures.

By declaring a health care emergency in the city of Brampton, this motion will help to resolve the crisis by working with the William Osler Health System Foundation and the Ontario Government to grant urgent frontline healthcare funding to both Brampton Civic and Peel Memorial. 

"Brampton's health care system is in dire need of funding and support from the Provincial government. On behalf of Brampton City Council, we will not stand idly by,” said Mayor Patrick Brown.

We have officially declared a Health Care Emergency in Brampton, and we are requesting immediate action and response from all health care system providers to address our community's urgent needs.”

The motion resolved that a Health Care Emergency be declared for the City of Brampton and that the CAO and appropriate city staff be requested to work with the William Osler Health System (WOHS), the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada to grant urgent frontline healthcare funding to Brampton Civic Hospital and Peel Memorial Centre and to ensure that they are operating fully-staffed and with the resources required in order to provide safe and quality patient care immediately.

It also resolved that the CAO and appropriate city staff be requested to work with the William Osler Health System (WOHS), the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada to ensure a fully operational Emergency Department as well as additional hospital beds to ensure hospital bed count is equivalent to the provincial average per capita and a need for an additional 850 beds, at Peel Memorial Centre in the Phase II development of the Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.

In addition, it will help to forward a copy to the Minister of Health, all Brampton Members of Provincial Parliament, the Office of the Premier, all Provincial Parliament Leaders of the Opposition Parties and all Brampton Members of Federal Parliament, the President and CEO of the William Osler Health System, the Brampton/Etobicoke and Area Ontario Health Team and the Region of Peel.

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