A healthcare announcement that includes funding for long-term care beds in Muskoka has been made.

Parry Sound- Muskoka MPP Norm Miller expressed his pleasure at Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott announcing 6,000 new long-term beds. It is the first wave of up to 15,000 beds the government is committing to over the next five years.

Miller said the Ford government re-committed to  20 long-term care beds at Fairvern Nursing Home in Huntsville.

“I am pleased to see our government acting quickly on the need for long-term care beds and to bring an end to hallway medicine,” said Norman Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka. “And I am thrilled that Huntsville’s Fairvern Nursing Home is in the first round of new long-term care beds.”

Those 20 long-term beds were first announced in May of this year while the Kathleen Wynne led liberals were still in power. Money had been budgeted for a $22 million dollar renovation of the home including moving it from its current location on Mill Street to an area of donated land on Muskoka Road 3 North.

Elliott said that treating patients in hallways will be a thing of the past under the Ford Government.

“Hallway health care is a multi-faceted problem that will require real and innovative solutions,” said Elliott. “Our Government will continue to listen to the people who work on the front lines of our health care system as we develop a long-term, transformation strategy to end hallway health care.”