(TORONTO) - Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington, introduced a petition in the Legislature calling for redevelopment funding for the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH). A lack of funding has hindered the hospital's ability to provide health services in this fast growing municipality. The petition has over a thousand signatures, and they keep coming in.
"Even before I got into politics, CPDMH has been petitioning Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for redevelopment funding," said MPP Hillier. CPDMH has been submitting annual appeals for funding since 2003. "Despite the efforts of hospital administrators and the residents of the area, the Ministry has been unwilling to make sure Carleton Place area residents get the care they deserve. Redeveloping the Carleton Place Memorial and District Hospital is a good project that's needed and what the area’s residents want."
Carleton Place is one of the fastest growing communities in the area. That growth is putting a strain on the hospital, causing concern for local residents and for health administrators as far away as Kanata and Stittsville. Redevelopment funding is needed to ensure quality healthcare in the area. Both the Carleton Place community and neighbouring municipalities have demonstrated their support for this redevelopment through the donation of land and other financial contributions. The project also has the support of the Champlain LHIN.
"Providing quality healthcare to the residents of Carleton Place and the surrounding area has support from hospital administrators, the local LHIN, from the municipalities and - most importantly - from the citizens themselves," said MPP Hillier. "It's time for the Ministry to get down to business and approve funding to redevelop CPMDH."
Mr. Hillier encourages people who support the redevelopment of CPDMH to add their names to the petition at his Perth or Carleton Place constituency offices, at CPDMH, or online here.