Andrew Wallace/Torstar News Service
Open barely a month, Brampton Civic Hospital has become a lightning rod for opposition to so-called P3 projects, following a death the outraged local Punjabi community is blaming on understaffing at the $550-million facility.
Controversy over the public-private partnership that built the hospital has reached such a pitch that officials called a meeting last night with community leaders and media to air concerns. Both sides in the fracas — the province, developer and hospital, up against the unions, NDP and the Ontario Health Coalition — accuse the other of misleading the public.
Patients are complaining of agonizing waits as the state-of-the-art facility struggles to cope with unfilled positions and a 20 per cent rise in emergency patients compared with the hospital it replaced, Peel Memorial. Added to that is resentment about the $230 million the community was expected to contribute as its share, nearly half of which is still to be raised.