Ford Conservatives dragging feet on funding Hotel Dieu Shaver in Niagara

Local health and rehabilitation centre waiting months for $500,000 in promised funding

News from the Constituency Office of Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch

Posted October 24th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch

Queen’s Park – NDP MPP for Niagara Centre Jeff Burch said this past Tuesday, October 24th  that the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre has been waiting months for the Ford government to confirm $500,000 in crucial funding that was promised.

“After over a decade of fighting for a planning grant to expand the facility with 65 additional beds, the Hotel Dieu Shaver was successful when the province announced a $500,000 planning grant this past May,” said Burch.

“The Hotel Dieu Shaver has been in the dark on the status of this grant since the Ford government took office and they need to know if they can expect the money so they can begin planning for years to come.”

Rehabilitation services like those offered at the Shaver are a vital tool in addressing the many problems plaguing Ontario’s health care system. Rehabilitation can optimize a patient’s ability to live independently at home, keep patients out of long-term care, reduce their lengths of stays in hospitals and increase the quality of life for patients.

Burch put the question directly to the Ford Conservatives Tuesday at Queen’s Park.

“Will you ensure that health care and patient needs are prioritized in Niagara by following through with this much-needed grant?”

No definitive answers have been provided by the Ford government.

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