NDP: Better long-term homes for seniors when and where they need it
September 26, 2013
(Halifax, N.S.) Today Premier Darrell Dexter announced the NDP will open 350 additional long-term care beds giving more seniors the opportunity to get the care they need and live with the dignity they deserve.
“Seniors are still feeling the effects of the Liberal four year freeze on long-term care beds. We’ve already opened 1800 beds and will open 1100 more,” said Dexter.
“Stephen McNeil said he will review long-term care beds. Nova Scotians know that previous Liberal reviews closed 1600 hospital beds and forced 1000 nurses out of the profession. Mr. McNeil’s plan for health care this election is a repeat of the past failed Liberal policies.”
The province previously announced $16-million to start the planning process for 779 replacement beds and 350 new long-term care beds.
Planning will begin this year for 174 new beds and the others will start in 2015.
“We will work with District Health Authorities and local communities to determine where these new beds will go to have the greatest impact to help seniors. The NDP believe that local communities are in the best position to know where support is needed. Local input is something that will be stripped away under Mr. McNeil’s health plan for a centralized super bureaucracy,” said the NDP leader.
The location of the additional beds will be determined with community and DHA input, the health of local seniors who need the beds and demand based on referrals and other local services.
“There is a clear choice for families in this election. The NDP is standing up for seniors and will open 1100 more beds. Mr. McNeil has offered no action for seniors and won’t commit to opening any new beds. That’s a real difference for voters to think about.”
The NDP will: deliver better health care where and when people need it, fight for good jobs and stronger communities, keep the HST off home energy and take it off more family essentials, give our kids a better start, stand up for seniors, build the Maritime Link and keep the budget balanced to protect services for families.
Election day is Tuesday, October 8.