NDP

Health care for seniors continues to suffer under McNeil government

June 18, 2015


The quality of care provided to seniors has been on a steady decline since Stephen McNeil became Premier and the loss of two geriatric specialists in Cape Breton will only make things worse says NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald. She also concerned with the health authority’s statement that it may not replace the physicians until the fall.

“Cape Breton has an aging population and it’s crucial that seniors in the region have access to specialized care when they need it,” says MacDonald. “This issue needs to be addressed immediately. Seniors in Cape Breton that need care shouldn’t have to wait because the new health authority is too busy getting organized to find a solution.”

MacDonald says health care for seniors has suffered under the McNeil government.

“Just look at what has happened since Stephen McNeil became premier,” says MacDonald. “A moratorium has been placed on building long-term care beds. The home care waitlist has doubled. Seniors are being given a 24 hour ultimatum to accept a long-term care placement or be kicked off the waitlist. And on top of that the budget for nursing homes was cut by $3.6 million. These things are unacceptable and seniors deserve better.”

Yesterday, in his annual report, the Auditor General revealed the McNeil government had rejected a previous recommendation to place long-term care waitlist information online.