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QHC and Addiction Mental Health Services gain $2M provincial funding

Quinte Health Care and Addiction Mental Health Services in Hastings and Prince Edward County will benefit from more than $2 million from the provincial government for Infrastructure upgrades, repairs and maintenance.

Bay of Quinte MP Todd Smith stated Thursday QHC will receive $1.88 million and Addictions and Mental Health will gain $126,000 through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund.

“Our government is committed to delivering high-quality patient-centered health care in our hospitals and in our communities,” said Smith. “These increasing investments year-over-year ensure allow health-care providers secure, stable funding to offer safe, comfortable environments for frontline workers, patients and their families at critical times.”

Stacey Daub, the President and Chief Administrative Officer of Quinte Health Care, and James Duncan, the interim Chief Administrative Officer of Addictions and Mental Health Services – Hastings Prince Edward, each welcomed news of the investment.

“We are grateful for the increased amount of funding invested into Quinte Health Care hospitals this year,” said Daub. “Investing in the repair and maintenance of hospital infrastructure is essential to keeping our local hospitals strong for their communities.”

Added Duncan: “We very much welcome and appreciate receipt of these CIRF funds. They will be utilized for important upgrades and improvements in our much-needed residential treatment facilities. Available and well-maintained residential treatment sites further assist people in their journey of recovery and promote the health, safety, wellbeing and quality of life for the people we support.”

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  1. JennyD says:

    Thank you Dennis!!! I think I recall the cuts started back in the late 90’s and early 00’s with closures. So essentially it’s been more than just this government, but also previous ones.

  2. Dennis Fox says:

    What needs to be remembered at times like this is the “pre – pandemic period.” Shortly after being elected, Ontario cut funding for mental health by more than 50% – just as they cut funding to public health departments and to LTC homes. For example – in 2019 only 9 out of 626 LTC home were inspected! Now the province is bragging about hiring 269 new inspectors for the LTC homes – making it sound like they are doing something wonderful – when in fact they are closing the barn door after the horses have bolted. Don’t protect such politics and people – hold them accountable for the damage they did.

  3. Bruce Nicholson says:

    Let’s be thankful that our current government is increasing the funding !

  4. JennyD says:

    There’s not a lot of specifics in this article considering the current social issues surrounding addictions, mental health which inherently evolve to homelessness for so many in some cases. I would like to see some specific examples as to what infrastructure will be upgraded and how that will assist front line workers, and the client’s needs. What exactly is the plan? People need help NOW.

  5. Dan says:

    I haven’t forgotten about the cuts to autism funding, Todd. Funding when it is convenient for you? Right, there must be an election coming.

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