ONTARIO FISCAL WATCHDOG RELEASES REVIEW OF LONG-TERM CARE SPENDING
May 26, 2021
By Bob Komsic
The province will not be able to meet its goal of 15,000 additional nursing home beds by 2024.
Financial Accountability Officer Peter Weltman explained to Zoomer Radio’s ”Fight Back” with Libby Znaimer why it’ll take at least an extra two years.
”We think it’s a building thing,” Weltman told the show.
”What we’ve understood, based on our back and forth with the ministry, is that the money is there in the medium-term to fund those commitments. Medium-term meaning the next three years. So we think it’s simply just a building thing. And I think, you know, for good reason we have had this global pandemic for the last 15 months and that certainly has disrupted many schedules.”
The FAO also says Ontario will need more than its goal of 30,000 new beds in 10 years.
In addition, Weltman says the province will have to hire 17,000 PSWs and over 12,000 nurses to increase average daily direct care to 4-hours per-resident.
The financial watchdog also projects spending on long-term care will rise from $4.4-billion-a-year to $10.6-billion annually based on the Ford government’s programs and commitments.