Wilson calls on McNeil government to lift the moratorium on long term care beds

January 14, 2016

NDP Health Critic Dave Wilson is asking the McNeil government to lift the moratorium on building new long term care beds.

A new study by the Nova Scotia Nurses Union shows the province needs more nurses, more long term care beds and more urgent attention to the safety of nurses and the seniors who call long term care facilities home.

“With the demographic challenges our province is facing, we can’t wait to build more long term care beds. Stephen McNeil needs to lift the moratorium,” says Wilson.

The McNeil government has placed a moratorium on adding more long-term care beds and in the last budget cut $3.6 million from long-term care facilities’ operating budgets.

“When the NDP proposed nurse-to-patient ratios, the government dismissed the idea. When 64 percent of long term care nurses have seriously considered quitting in the last year, it shows ‎its time to revisit safe staffing levels,” adds Wilson.

Between June 2009 and September 2013 the previous NDP government opened approximately 1000 new long-term care beds and replaced 800 more. In the summer of 2013, the previous government also announced funding for the creation of 350 more long-term care beds, and the replacement of 750 more. The McNeil government has not followed through on the plan announced in the summer of 2013.