McNeil government ignoring Nova Scotia’s health care needs

June 23, 2016

For Immediate Release

Halifax, NS – When the Nova Scotia government announced yesterday that it would be investing $14.2 million in home care, the Nova Scotia NDP welcomed the news – but noted the absence of support for long-term care.

According to Sackville-Cobequid MLA and NDP health critic Dave Wilson, the investment in home care does not make up for the years of neglect of the province’s long-term care system. “Home care is an important option that needs to be supported, but it does not meet the needs of all citizens,” said Wilson.

“There are many individuals for whom staying at home is simply not an option,” says Wilson. “Keeping them at home when their needs require long-term care puts their health at risk and creates stress for caregivers.”

Wait times for placements in long-term care in Nova Scotia range from 75 to 1,080 days. The McNeil government has failed to open one long-term bed since taking office in 2013.

“This government just doesn’t understand the health care needs of the province” says Wilson. “The Premier and Health Minister need to get their priorities right,” he continued. “Cutting corners and shifting funds may help balance the budget, but it doesn’t help Nova Scotia’s seniors.”

This is the second year in a row that the Liberal government has cut funding to long term care. During health budget estimates this spring, Wilson asked Health Minister Leo Glavine for a breakdown of cuts to specific long term care facilities. Almost two months later, Glavine has not provided this information.

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For more information please contact Betsy MacDonald at the NSNDP Caucus at (902) 483-5766