NDP will reverse cuts to South Shore nursing homes 

April 18, 2017

For Immediate Release

LIVERPOOL – NDP Leader Gary Burrill announced this morning that an NDP government will reverse the McNeil Liberals’ cuts to seven nursing homes on the South Shore. The Liberals have cut almost $380,000 from nursing homes in Queens, Shelburne and Lunenburg counties.

Burrill was joined by Sterling Belliveau, NDP MLA for Queens-Shelburne, and two NDP candidates, John Davis (Queens-Shelburne) and Lisa Norman (Lunenburg West).

“Cuts to nursing homes have had a real impact on our seniors, including lower food quality, less programming, and fewer staff to take care of residents,” said Burrill. “Stephen McNeil has shown that a balanced budget means more to him than the quality of life of residents in long-term care.”

The NDP plan will see more than $8 million restored to nursing home across the province. This includes Queens Manor in Liverpool, North Queens Nursing Home in Caledonia, Roseway Manor in Shelburne, Hillside Pines in Bridgewater, Harbour View Haven in Lunenburg, Mahone Nursing Home in Mahone Bay, and Rosedale in New Germany.

“Our seniors deserve better,” said John Davis, NDP candidate in Queens-Shelburne. “We have a large and growing seniors’ population in Queens and Shelburne counties. Gary Burrill and the NDP understand that we need to invest in our people’s health care and that we can afford to do so.”

Every Liberal MLA has voted to cut this funding for seniors care. Mark Furey and Suzanne Lohnes-Croft both voted to cut funding to nursing homes two years in a row.

“I was very disappointed to learn that our local Liberal MLA voted to cut funding to nursing homes two years in a row,” said Lisa Norman, NDP candidate in Lunenburg West. “The NDP knows we can improve care for our seniors in nursing homes by re-investing the money the Liberals cut – it’s just the right thing to do.”

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For more information please contact Mike Poworoznyk at 902-225-777 or provsec@nsndp.ca.