Liberal moratorium on long-term care beds having cascading effects

March 29, 2017

For Immediate Release

HALIFAX –  Stephen McNeil’s moratorium on long-term care beds and failure to address the doctor shortage is leading to more visits to emergency rooms. Dr. Sam Campbell, the head of Halifax Infirmary’s emergency department told reporters yesterday that the lack of access to long-term care is a “crisis.”

“We’ve heard from nursing home staff, residents, administrators, and now the head of the province’s largest emergency room department about the impacts of the Liberals’ abandonment of long-term care,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “Stephen McNeil has not opened a single long-term bed in the province since taking office, and now, seniors are being forced to go to the emergency room to get the health care they should be getting at a nursing home.”

Over the last two years, the Liberal government has cut over $8 million from nursing homes across the province, impacting food quality, recreation programs, staffing levels, and services for seniors. A report released earlier this week by the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union found that patients are waiting in hospital as along as a year for long-term care placement.

“While Stephen McNeil has been focused on rearranging bureaucrats and cutting services, our health care system is becoming less reliable,” said Burrill. “We believe that seniors in our province should be able to get the care they need when they need it, not be forced to stay in hospital for months waiting for a nursing home bed.”

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For more information please contact Kaley Kennedy at (902) 229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca