Premier Ford Announces Major Funding Increase to Local Northumberland County Hospitals
Ontario is taking further action to address the long-standing funding inequities for small- and medium-sized hospitals with a major funding announcement at Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH).
Today, David Piccini, MPP for Northumberland-Peterborough South, joined Premier Doug Ford and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, in thanking local health care heroes and made a major funding announcement for Northumberland Hills Hospital and Campbellford Memorial Hospital.
Premier Ford announced that Northumberland Hills Hospital will receive $5,619,800 million in total additional funding for fiscal year 2020/2021 to meet current and future demands for regular services. Overall Northumberland Hills Hospital will receive a 10.8% increase in funding for 2020/2021. Last year, MPP Piccini announced $3.8 million in additional funding, which is now being annualized.
As a small sized hospital, Campbellford Memorial Hospital will receive $306,862 in total additional funding for fiscal year 2020/2021. Overall, Campbellford Memorial Hospital will receive a 2% increase in funding for 2020/2021.
This hospital investment takes into consideration incremental growth to support flexibility, annualizing 2019/2020 in-year investments to provide continued financial stability and relief, and ensuring all publicly funded hospitals receive a minimum of a 1% increase.
“Our government believes that no matter where you live in Ontario, you and your family deserve access to quality care close to home. Today’s investment in Northumberland Hills Hospital and Campbellford Memorial Hospital will not only ensure our frontline heroes can respond to the threat of COVID-19, but better serve patients living in Cobourg, Port Hope, and the surrounding communities.” – Premier Doug Ford
“Our government is working with our hospital partners to fix the long-standing issues that disadvantaged funding for small- and medium-sized hospitals,” said Minister Elliott. “That’s why we’ve annualized last year’s historic investment of $68 million for small- and medium-sized hospitals to provide continued financial relief to hospitals in Ontario and ensure patients can access the care they need no matter where they live.” – Minister Elliott
“Today’s announcement builds on previous historic investments at Campbellford Memorial Hospital and Northumberland Hills Hospital, and it continues to send a clear message that this Government is determined to fix the long-standing funding inequities that for so many years have disadvantaged small and medium sized hospitals. These unprecedented times have highlighted the importance of having a strong health care system and I will continue to work alongside Campbellford Memorial Hospital and Northumberland Hills Hospital towards the goal of strengthening health care in our riding. I want to thank the hard-working teams at both hospitals for being instrumental in keeping our residents safe during the COVID pandemic.” – David Piccini, MPP Northumberland-Peterborough South