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No mental health bed funding for Lakeridge

By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express

The provincial government recently announced the first wave of funding for new mental

health beds, but Lakeridge Health Oshawa is missing from the list.

The funding for 50 new mental health beds at 12 hospitals across Ontario was declared late last year.

Some hospitals receiving money include Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, the Ottawa Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre in London, and Providence, St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s hospitals in Toronto.

No hospitals in Lakeridge’s system were among the 12 to receive funding.

The funding is part of an overall pledge of $3.8 billion over 10 years for mental health and addictions care.

In a media release, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Christine Elliott said her government is “committed to ensure each dollar goes directly to services that will make a significant difference to patients.”

“This immediate investment will help lower wait times for those in need of inpatient mental health and addictions treatment,” she added.

According to Andrea Piunno, communication specialist for Lakeridge Health, the hospital system has 38 mental beds, and over the past three years, has operated an additional six beds to accommodate community need.