More Nova Scotians wait for long-term care while Liberals fail to deliver plan

May 13, 2015

NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald says the McNeil government is breaking another promise by failing to deliver on a continuing care strategy. The Liberal platform committed to “update and implement the Continuing Care Strategy in 2014.”

At Public Accounts this morning it was announced that Nova Scotians will have to wait until 2017 for a plan to tackle the long-term care and home care wait lists.

“We learned that there are 2126 Nova Scotians waiting for a long-term care bed, 186 of whom are waiting in a hospital bed at a cost of $1100 a day,” MacDonald said. “These people have been assessed by a doctor as needing long-term care, but the McNeil government has placed a moratorium on long-term care beds.”

At Public Accounts, it was discovered that the home care waitlist has also increased. “862 people are waiting for home care this May. That’s up from 422 in April of last year. But instead of tackling that problem, the McNeil government is looking at a competitive model of home care contract tendering that will cause upheaval in the system,” MacDonald said.

MacDonald is calling on Health Minister Leo Glavine to stop causing upheaval in home care, introduce his continuing care strategy this year as promised, and start focusing on what really matters – improving front line care.