Ontario government and doctors reach deal to save virtual ERs


The Canadian Press has learned that Ontario has granted a three-month funding extension for doctors to provide care through virtual emergency departments.

Several hospitals had said they planned to shut down their virtual ERs because the provincial funding was set to run out after Friday.

Health Minister Sylvia Jones says a deal reached with the Ontario Medical Association extends the funding until June 30.

She says she will work with the association to ensure patients get the care they need.

Unity Health Toronto, which runs several hospitals, says the last-minute deal will not change its plan to shut its successful virtual emergency department.

Another Toronto hospital had also planned to close its virtual ER due to the provincial funding being set to run out, while two others said they’d keep theirs open regardless of government money.