Ted Arnott, MPP
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2016
New hospital funding may help, but more may be needed
(Queen’s Park) – Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott is pleased to learn that the
Georgetown Hospital and the Groves Memorial Community Hospital will be receiving some
additional funding from the Provincial Government. However, he cautioned that the Liberal
Government has squeezed hospital budgets for years and the new funding may not be enough
to significantly reduce wait times or increase access to patient services.
“While we’re all glad to see this modest increase in hospital base funding, I’m not satisfied that a
2% increase is sufficient to address the needs of our patients in the province,” Mr. Arnott said.
A recent report from the Fraser Institute confirmed what many patients across the province are
experiencing firsthand: longer wait times for many vital healthcare services.
Despite the challenges they face, Mr. Arnott believes that both Georgetown and Groves
hospitals deliver outstanding local healthcare.
“Time and time again, I hear positive comments from our area residents about the
compassionate and professional care that our two local hospitals provide,” Mr. Arnott said. “We
are very fortunate to have exceptional doctors, nurses, staff, and volunteers associated with our
hospitals in Georgetown and Fergus. But we need to ensure they have adequate resources to
provide the care our residents deserve.”
The veteran MPP has always viewed the provision of healthcare as one of the Provincial
Government’s most important responsibilities. During his 26 years in the Ontario Legislature,
Mr. Arnott has consistently stood up for better healthcare services for his constituents.
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