Liberals must reverse cuts to Northwood

June 13, 2016

For Immediate Release

Halifax, NS – The NDP is calling on Stephen McNeil and the Liberals to reverse the cuts to Northwood, and other long-term care facilities across Nova Scotia.  Northwood sent out an email explaining the cuts on Thursday, June 9.

Northwood, Nova Scotia’s largest long-term care facility, is facing financial difficulties this year as a result of the second year of cuts as part of the Liberal’s austerity agenda.  These cuts stand to have a negative impact on the quality of life of residents of the facility.  The Liberals cut $3.1 million this year from long-term care, and $3.6 million last year.

“Stephen McNeil hasn’t opened a single long-term care bed since the Liberals took office.  Many patients remain stranded in hospitals waiting for long-term care placement. And yet, the Premier’s current approach does not include the investments required to address these issues,” says Gary Burrill, Leader of the Nova Scotia NDP.

“Our seniors deserve better,” says Dave Wilson, NDP Health Critic. “The cuts to Northwood, and all other long-term care facilities, must be reversed.”

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For more information please contact Kyle Buott at (902) 266-2068


Original Email
Date: June 9, 2016 at 9:28:10 AM
Subject: message from CEO

As you are aware, the province of Nova Scotia is facing significant financial challenges. Over the past two years, the government has taken steps to address these challenges and make difficult decisions. Northwood is committed to doing our part by continuously looking for ways to be more efficient while at the same time, improving the quality of care to those we serve.

Last year, we received significant budget cuts. With everyone pulling together, staff and volunteers, we were able to promptly respond to those cuts.

Last week, we were notified that our budget for In Care Living will be cut by 1%. We also know that we will receive cuts to our Homecare service as well.

We are not alone. These cuts are being made across the health care system. We are meeting with government and have written to them outlining the impact these cuts will have on the organization. We are currently examining strategies to respond to these challenges and welcome your ideas.

Know that your contribution as volunteers, adds value to the organization and contributes to the quality of life for residents, especially during these times.

While the cuts are significant, we are so fortunate to have the Foundation to support our continued efforts to improve the quality of life of those who live with us and those who we support in the community. Thanks to funds from the Live More Award dinner, renovations will start soon to Manor entrance creating a welcoming space for visitors, clients and volunteers. With the support of the Foundation, we are planning to move forward with renovations to our Adult Day area to create a more dementia friendly environment for our clients. Ticket sales form our “Brake the Stigma” Campaign will support our Seeds of Success Program, our West Bedford Community Garden Project will continue and we will continue to pursue our campus in West Bedford.

We will continue to provide you with updates as information becomes available.

Janet Simm
President and CEO
130 Eileen Stubbs Avenue, Suite 1 South
Dartmouth, NS
B3B 2C4
Tel: 902-454-3381