NDP bill brings transparency to continuing care system

April 22, 2015

(Halifax, NS) Today the NDP introduced a bill to empower seniors and their caregivers with important information they need to make choices about their future. It also makes government more accountable for long-term care and home care waitlists.

The Continuing Care Accountability Act requires government to report publicly the number of people that were removed from the long-term care waiting list and the reasons why. Also, this act will require the government to publicly report the waitlist for home care and long-term care. Currently that information is only available by request or in some cases via a FOIPOP.

“Instead of addressing a long-term care bed shortage, the McNeil government has decided to remove people from the long-term care waiting list if they aren’t ready to accept a placement within one business day,” says NDP Health critic Dave Wilson. “The NDP has serious concerns about the impact of this policy on seniors and their families and this bill will ensure transparency and fairness is upheld.”

Nova Scotia has one of the oldest populations in the country. Each month, 700 Nova Scotians turn 65. There are now upwards of 130,000 seniors in our province and that number is expected to nearly double by 2026. Currently the McNeil government has placed a moratorium on the addition of new long term care beds.