Nursing home layoffs in Middleton show Liberals failing seniors

October 12, 2016

For immediate release.

MIDDLETON – New layoffs announced at a nursing home in Middleton show that Stephen McNeil continues to fail seniors – even in his own constituency.  CUPE Nova Scotia announced yesterday that three staff members have been laid off at the Heart of the Valley Nursing Home. This adds Middleton to the list of communities who have seen layoffs in long-term care, including Port Hawkesbury, Hammonds Plains, Halifax, Dartmouth, and Amherst.

“Across the province our seniors are receiving a lower level of care because of Stephen McNeil’s mean-spirited cuts to nursing homes,” said Dave Wilson, NDP Health Critic. “Our seniors deserve better.”

In August, the NDP Caucus released a document obtained through a Freedom of Information request that showed the cuts made to each individual long-term care facility. Shortly after publicly releasing the numbers, the NDP Caucus was contacted by nursing home administrators and staff members, who revealed that the document obtained from government was factually incorrect and that the actual cuts were much larger than the Liberals claimed.

An appeal has been filed with the Freedom of Information office in order to obtain the correct numbers.  As of yet, no response has been received to the appeal and the Liberals have not released the numbers.

“These layoffs are a further sign of Stephen McNeil’s disrespect for seniors and their living conditions,” said Gary Burrill, Leader of the Nova Scotia NDP. “Perhaps layoffs in his own constituency will help the Premier realize that cuts to nursing homes are mistaken and misguided.”

The NDP has committed to restoring the funding to long-term care which has been cut by the McNeil government.

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