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(VIDEO) Wilson pleased local hospital redevelopments moving forward

(November 5, 2019) Yesterday, Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson took to the Ontario Legislature to ask the Health Minister again about the status of the Collingwood General and Marine and Stevenson Memorial Hospitals redevelopments. Wilson was very pleased with the response he received.

Minister, since I last asked you about the redevelopments of the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston, nothing much appears to have happened will you please give that political direction today so that we can move forward with these redevelopments?” said Wilson.

The Minister spoke about the status of both projects. She explained that she hoped to have more news about the Collingwood Hospital’s Stage 1 submission shortly and that she expects to provide the Alliston Hospital with approval of their Stage 1 master plan in the coming days.

Wilson thought this was terrific news and went on to thank the Minister. He also asked if she would tour the facilities. To which the Health Minister agreed. 

You can read the full text of the question below:

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Mr. Jim Wilson: My question is for the Minister of Health. Minister, since I last asked you about the redevelopments of the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston, nothing much appears to have happened. The hospitals feel that they’re no further ahead than they were during the 15 years under the Liberals.

The hospitals were told by health ministry bureaucrats to keep planning for their redevelopments but at their own expense and with no approvals in sight. In fact, these same bureaucrats tell the hospitals that they are waiting for political direction. So, Minister, will you please give that political direction today so that we can move forward with these redevelopments?

Hon. Christine Elliott: I thank the member very much for the question.

We have been working both with respect to Stevenson and Collingwood at the Ministry of Health. With respect to Collingwood, we have been working closely with the Collingwood hospital team to review their proposed ...

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(Hon. Christine Elliott)

… and Collingwood at the Ministry of Health. With respect to Collingwood, we have been working closely with the Collingwood hospital team to review their proposed hospital redevelopment project. We are committed to making investments in this area because I know they’re very important to the people within your riding. The ministry has provided Collingwood with a $500,000 planning grant to support planning in 2018-19. We are continuing to work with the hospital on the stage one submission and hope to have some more particular news very shortly.

With respect to Stevenson, we are, again, working closely with Stevenson on their project as well. The project is going to expand the emergency department and make key updates to in-patient, surgical and diagnostic services. We expect to provide the hospital with approval of their stage one master plan in the coming days.

The Speaker (Hon. Ted Arnott): The supplementary question.

Mr. Jim Wilson: Back to the minister: That’s great news. Thank you, Minister, for the answer. I just want you to know that it pains me to ask these questions because I like you so much.

The last time I did ask in this House about the two hospitals, you also mentioned that perhaps you would like to tour or you might tour each of the hospitals. I was just wondering if that offer still stands. It would be great for morale and great to help move the redevelopments forward. Will you please tour the hospitals?

Hon. Christine Elliott: Yes, I would be very happy to. Thank you. I appreciate the offer. I know these hospitals are very important to you and to the people in your communities, and that they are anxious to see things move forward. I know for all of us, some of these projects seem to take a lot longer to get started than any of us would want, but that is the approval process that is in place within the ministry. That said, we do hope to be able to provide approvals to move forward very shortly in the coming days. I would like to give you a particular date, but I can say that that is coming very soon. I hope to be able to tour both hospitals with you very soon. Thank you.

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