Wilson commits to securing funding for Collingwood hospice beds

Published on June 01, 2018
Simcoe-Grey Progressive Conservative candidate Jim Wilson is promising, if reelected, to secure funding to open four hospice beds that have been sitting idle for more than a year at Campbell House Hospice in Collingwood.
In April 2017, Campbell House Hospice finished a $2.2 million four-bed expansion. However, the Liberal government has refused to provide operational funding for the new beds and they continue to sit unused.
“The community did an amazing job raising this money for this project and was let down by the provincial government,” said Wilson. “The beds have sat unused because the government refuses to provide any operational funds to open them. This decision is unreasonable, unfair and ridiculous.”
Wilson also pointed out that offers by Campbell House Hospice to raise the operational funds itself have been rejected.
“Local residents worked hard to raise the money to expand services at Campbell House Hospice and have been ignored by the government,” said Wilson. “What makes this worse is the amount of money we’re talking about. The hospice needs $420,000 each year to open those beds. This is not a multi-million ask.”
Wilson said the Wynne government’s refusal to fund the beds is absurd.
“In my many years at Queen’s Park, I have seen a lot of silly things, but this is one of the worst. There may be patients in our hospital right now that could be using these beds as hospice beds. The beds are there, they are ready to go, but the government won’t allow them to open.”
Wilson pledged to get the funding needed to open the beds as soon as possible if he returns to Queen’s Park as MPP.
“If I am reelected, I am committed to getting the funds to open these beds to allow Campbell House Hospice to help people in need,” he said.
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Jim Wilson Remarks
Today, I want to announce that if I’m reelected I will commit to getting Campbell House Hospice the funding it needs to open the four beds that have been sitting idle for more than a year.
In April 2017, Campbell House Hospice completed a $2.2 million 4-bed expansion to offer more services to our community. The community did an amazing job raising the money for this project and was let down by the provincial government.
Since the expansion was finished, the beds have sat unused because the government refuses to provide any operational funds to open them. This decision is unreasonable, unfair and ridiculous.
Here in Collingwood we have four hospice beds that are desperately needed by the community. Local residents worked hard to raise the money to expand services at Campbell House Hospice and have been ignored by the government.
Even more disappointing, the hospice and the community have offered to raise the operational funds to open the beds themselves and have been rejected by the government.
What makes this worse is the amount of money we’re talking about. The hospice needs $420,000 each year to open those beds. This is not a multi-million ask, it is $420,000 per year. It makes my blood boil to think about all the money the Liberal government has wasted on things like the gas plants, eHeath and the Green Energy Act and they have no money for a service badly needed in our community.
In my many years at Queen’s Park, I have seen a lot of silly things, but this is one of the worst. There may be patients in our hospital right now that could be using these beds as hospice beds. The beds are there, they are ready to go, but the government won’t allow them to open, because it refuses to provide the necessary funding.
This must stop. If I am reelected, I am committed to getting the funds to open these beds to allow Campbell House Hospice to help people in need.
I want to thank all the donors, staff and volunteers who have worked so hard to make Campbell House happen. Your tender loving care for people in the last stages of their life is exceptional and does not go unnoticed by our community.
Thank you and I would be happy to take questions.