MPP Mantha questions why Mindemoya Family Health Team has not yet seen capital funding for expansion

QUEEN’S PARK–In Question Period today Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha called on the Minister of Health to act now and approve the much needed Capital Expansion Plan for the Manitoulin Central Family Health Team.

“In my riding, the Manitoulin Central Family Health Team (FHT) in the town of Mindemoya is working out of trailers and cramped space in the basement of the local hospital,” MPP Mantha said. “After two years working on a Capital Expansion Plan, and despite the best efforts of local stakeholders, the FHT still has no response on their plan–and so the hardship continues.”

“Can the minister let my constituents know when this important project will finally be approved?” he asked the house. “The patients of this Family Health Team include some of the sickest and most vulnerable in Ontario, including many from First Nations.”

“The minister can talk a good game about the importance of Family Health Teams and health equity, but she needs to follow up this talk with action to help those most in need,” the MPP continued. “Will the Minister do the right thing, fund the Capital Expansion plan, or at least explain what barriers are preventing her from supporting it?”

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