Nova Scotia seniors will see the impact of long-term care cuts

April 27, 2015

NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald says Nova Scotia seniors will see and feel the impact of the McNeil government’s cuts to long-term care.

“It’s unacceptable to be cutting resources from long-term care facilities when the demand for long-term care is continuing to increase,” said MacDonald.

The McNeil government has eliminated $3.6 million in funding from long-term care facilities in Nova Scotia. The cut means many facilities won’t receive cost of living increases and will only be able to purchase half as much small equipment. (see attached)

MacDonald says she doesn’t buy Health Minister Leo Glavine’s assertion that he hasn’t heard about a need for extra money to run long-term care facilities.

“These facilities are full and dollars are already being stretched. A reduction in their budget will ultimately be seen and felt by the people living and working in these facilities,” said MacDonald.

“First the McNeil government froze spending for new long-term care beds, even though the wait-list is at an all-time high. Now they’re reducing funding these facilities use to keep up with the cost of living. It’s not fair to seniors.”