1/6/11

Cornwall Community Hospital gets a million dollar top-up. More to come?

New funding totaling $985,700 will keep 20 beds open at the Cornwall hospital until the end of the fiscal year. This should keep the "transitional care" beds opened in August running until March 31.    "At which time there are other strategies in the works," hospital CEO Jeanette Despatie said. The 20 convalescent beds were created in August to help deal with hospital overcrowding in Cornwall.

Just before Christmas, Liberal MPP Rick Bartolucci announced another $1.4 million for Sudbury health care-- another area with severe hospital overcrowding. In this case, the money is dedicated to home care services and  new LTC beds. This announcement follows local campaigns (by CUPE and others) to defend health services.

New health care money is often announced just about now -- late in the fiscal year.    So there may be more to come in the weeks ahead. 

dallan@cupe.ca

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