News Item – Long-term care waiting lists will grow despite additional new beds: Ontario’s fiscal watchdog

The Ontario government’s plan to add 15,000 new beds to the long-term care system won’t be enough to stop wait lists from growing, the province’s fiscal watchdog said Wednesday.

A new report from Financial Accountability Officer Peter Weltman said wait lists are projected to peak at 40,200 people next year, dropping to about 37,000 once the new beds come online in 2023-2024.

But Weltman said the province’s aging population will outpace the growth rate of the new long-term care beds, a fact that will hamper the government’s ability to make good on a pledge to end hospital over-crowding.

Full article at: Global News